The majority of home owners are aware of how important it is to make their homes secure against external threats such as burglary or vandalism. Being able to implement measures of securing one's home is different from being aware of threats, however. The costs involved in protecting a house can be prohibitive, but there is good news in that there are alternatives to spending a lot of money.
Before spending a fortune on home security products and services, think about things you can do to make your home more secure. It has been reported that 30% of burglaries were aided, unknowingly, by the home owners themselves. Leaving a window open, or a door unlocked can be an invitation to intruders. Burglars are most likely not going to bother with homes that do not offer them an easy entry point. Therefore, a simple, but extremely effective thing you can do is to make sure your windows, doors, and other openings are always secure. A method of implementing this is to double-check all doors and windows at night, or whenever you leave the house. A few extra minutes spent securing your home is worth the peace of mind knowing that your house is less of a target.
An additional step is to ensure that your doors and windows are manufactured using sturdy materials, and that they are set up with solid, working locks. This is an aspect of owning a home that you should not go cheap on. Experienced burglars know which doors are flimsiest, and they will take advantage of them whenever possible. Use doors that have a solid core, heavy duty knobs, and strong strike plates.
Once you have secured your home's openings and entrances, you may want to install some kind of deterrent. An example of such a deterrent would be a surveillance camera. If a criminal sees a video camera pointed at them, they will most likely forget about your home, and move onto the next one. In fact, you probably do not even need to get a working camera. Fake security cameras can work just as well at deterring would-be burglars. In fact, you can even use an empty CCTV camera housing to fool people into thinking that your home is equipped with a top-of-the-line surveillance camera system!
Other things you can do include using basic alarm and detection devices such as motion detectors. These devices are inexpensive, plus they are usually simple to install and set up.
It is not necessary to spend a large portion of your budget on improving your home's security. All you need is a bit of common sense, and perhaps some inexpensive and easy to implement deterrent devices. If you can take care of this, then you should be able to rest assured that your home is as safe from break ins as any home that utilizes expensive and fancy security system.