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Are you worried about home security but can't afford a home security system?  Well, here are some simple but inexpensive security precautions you can take to help keep you, your family, and your belongings safe:

Do Your Own Home Security Evaluation

Walk around the outside of your house looking for any weaknesses that may have previously escaped your notice.  For example, having fire wood stacked up under a back window would give some would-be-thief easy access to the inside of your house.

Get To Know Your Neighbors

This is the simplest and easiest tip of all: get out there and talk to your neighbors.  This way, you not only put a name and house to a face but you also open communications.  Also, they're more apt to look after your place and call the cops if they see something strange going on.

Lock Up!

Even if you're just running to the 7-11 for a few minutes, lock your doors and close your garage door!  Leaving a door unlocked is just asking for trouble.

Change Your Locks

WLock = Home SecurityCredit: you bought your home, did you change the locks?  Even though ownership was transfered over to you, that won't stop anyone who has a key from getting in...and you  never know who the previous owners gave a key to.  So, change those locks ASAP!

If you live in an apartment or a rental, have the landlord change the locks for you.  Most landlords have a slew of various locks and can switch them out quickly.

Buy Good Quality Locks

Some locks, like the simple spring-latch locks you find on bedroom doors, are easy to pop.  So, to ensure your safety and the safety of your family, invest in good quality deadbolt locks.  These are much more resilient to being easily "popped" and take some time to pick.  You won't be able to keep everyone out all the time, but you can make it difficult to get it.  The longer they had to stand on your front porch messing with the lock, the more likely someone will notice him or her.

Do Not Place A Spare Key In An Obvious Spot

Spare keys are nice to have around just in case the door blows shut behind you when you're getting the morning paper, locking you out of the house.  The problem is that people put them in very obvious places - under the doormat, on top of the door frame, in the mailbox, etc.  Your best bet is to buy a key storage box that allows you to securely store your key on the premises without worrying about it walking off with a stranger.

Do Not Put Your Address On  Your Keys

Some people will put their address or phone number on their keys so if they're lost, some nice Samaritan can return them.  Do not do this!!!! This only gives a would-be-thief easy access to your house.

Busy Up Your House

Are your keys safe? - Home SecurtyCredit: won't risk trying to break in when it looks like someone is home.  So, use timers to turn on and off lights and radios when you know you won't be home. 

Do Not Post Notes To UPS or Gardener On Your Door

This goes along with the previous tip.  A note on the door is a sure sign that you are not home.  If you can, call your gardener or leave a note in a less-obvious place.

Invest In Good Outdoor Lighting

The best defense against intruders at night is good lighting.  Make sure every entrance is well-lit.  If you're worried about bothering the neighbors, buy light fixtures with a motion detector attached so if someone comes without so many feet of your door, it will come on.

Get A Dog

Studies have shown that dogs, especially noisy ones, are more apt to deter a burglar.  A dog constantly barking bring attention to the burglar, which they hate hate hate!