Security on a Budget — 24 Common Sense Reminders

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We all want to be safe and secure, but spending big money on a high tech security system may not be necessary. In most cases, simply applying some common sense will do the job. For most people, reasonable security can be attained for very little money. I say, “reasonable security” because the sad fact is that if someone wants into your home or car badly enough, they will find a way, no matter the security you have in place. And if you have a lots of expensive jewelry or artwork, your security needs might be more sophisticated than the average Joe’s. With that in mind, what are some of the ways you can protect yourself that don’t cost a fortune?

1. Use your locks. Th


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8 Responses to Security on a Budget — 24 Common Sense Reminders

  1. Hilary says:

    I have two suggestions as well.

    The first goes with #17: Put a few of your lights on timers. My parents do this because they are not always home. Every night, they have a light in the living room go on ~8pm and off ~11pm. That way, neighbors can’t easily tell when they’re home verus when they’re not.

    The second goes with #22: Don’t take a cab to the airport if the whole family is going out of town for a long time. I have a friend whose house got robbed in the few hours between when they left for the airport in a cab and when her aunt arrived to housesit. They’re pretty sure the cab driver tipped off a burglar. Obviously you can’t always get a friend to drive you, but it’s something to keep in mind. Even having a neighbor fake as a relative staying home when you leave might be sufficient for this.

  2. TFOM says:

    Very good points!

    Light timers can be a valuable tool!

    Whenever you leave the house ALWAYs make sure that all of the doors and windows are poperly closed and locked. Especially basement and garage windows!

    Good reading!

  3. Light timers can be a valuable tool!

    Whenever you leave the house ALWAYs make sure that all of the doors and windows are poperly closed and locked. Especially basement and garage windows!

  4. Debbie Z says:

    I’ll add this – invest in a locking mailbox. I bought one 7 years ago and love the peace of mind. No one can open it to get the mail out of the drop section without a key. Crooks love to steal all kinds of mail.

  5. Hilary says:

    Good point about the locking mailbox. Furthermore, if you can’t get one (like if you’re in an apartment with cheap-o mailboxes), it might be worth it to pay for a P.O. box instead, where it’s much harder for someone to break in.

    Also, along those lines, try to get as much financial stuff online as you can. I know some people are uncomfortable only receiving online statements, but it’s one less piece of mail that can be used to steal your identity and money.

  6. Steve Kruse says:

    A suggestion with #4..instead of worrying about trimming in front of the windows, instead plant closely spaced thick amounts of holly or other fiercely thorned plants. The discomfort factor is enough to make a burgler look for an easier target that won’t scratch him up!

  7. Rick says:

    Add a deadbolt to the door leading from the garage to the house. I once locked myself out of my house, and all it took was twisting off the locked doorknob with a pipe wrench. Took me all of 15 seconds to get back in. . .

  8. jstrada says:

    These are all excellent points. Also, don’t forget to lock the windows on the second floor of your home. Make sure that ladders are put away and not available for a burglar to use to rob you via your second floor.
    I think that investing in a monitored security system is a wise investment. Plus, many security systems now come with home automation and energy management. These systems can be accessed remotely so you can turn your lights on and off from where ever you are located(hence confusing a burglar).

    Joe Strada

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