We all know that securing the home is paramount, but home safety protocols can sometime be a costly business. However, increasing your home security doesn’t have to cost a fortune or require installation experts. Whether you are a DIY guru or a novice, we’ve put together seven easy DIY home security projects to help you make quick changes to dramatically improve home security this weekend.
DIY Home Security
Tip 1: No dog? No problem!
Barking dog monitors are a great break-in deterrent and alternative to owning a dog. This is particularly helpful for people living in apartments or flats where having a pet to increase home security is not optimum. These alarms sound, as a barking dog, when people get to within a certain distance to the door and are easy to install and are set up near the front door by screws.
Tip 2: Reinforce your Doors
Are your doors safe? Using an inferior latch or locks or having mail slots are just some of the things that weaken doors and make them more susceptible to breaking. There are numerous DIY tasks you can do this weekend to reinforce your doors and protect your home. These include replacing regular locks with stronger deadbolts, replacing wooden with steel frames and drilling long wood screws into door frames for added door security
Tip 3: Secure your windows
More often than not, burglars gain access through windows. This is because so often when it comes to locking, securing and alarming, windows are often overlooked. Using your DIY time to double check your window locks and install window latches or a Window ventilation lock, to double your home security with virtually no hassle at all. LockLatches are easy to install and will ensure you are safe at home to leave your windows open.
Tip 4: Do some pruning & planting
There are two gardening DIYs you can do this weekend to help increase home security and protect your home. The first is to trim overgrown bushes, trees and shrubs that can possibly act a great hiding place for thieves. This is vitally important near doors and the garage where criminals may hide to gain quick access to your home. The next DIY home security project is to do some planting! Thorny shrubs planted under the windows are a great preventative measure and look pretty too!
Tip 5: Protect your privacy
Having windows without blinds or curtains are an invitation for would-be criminals to get a closer look into your home to asses what valuables you have that they may find worth-while stealing. Not to fear, there is a quick DIY home security fix to get you feeling at ease in no time. Head down to your local home store, and look for an easy to install blind. These are relatively inexpensive, simpler to install and offer an easy fix to preventing this home security breach.
Tip 6: Light it up!
Illuminating your driveway is key to eliminating those hiding spots, alerting your neighbors to wonder when you’re out and adding extra safety and residential security when returning home. Motion detector flood lights are a great way to achieve this and if you’re up for a little more of a DIY security system challenge, you can easily install this weekend.
Tip 7: Fake it ‘til you make it
Security cameras, although a super deterrent, are an expensive measure that isn’t affordable for most homeowners or renters.There’s a cheaper, sneaker home safety solution that you can install this weekend. Stores like Amazon sell realistic fake security cameras that are not only easy to install, but will make thieves think twice about breaking into your home making it a great DIY security system.
Follow these 7 easy DIY home security tips this weekend and you will be more relaxed in the knowledge that your home is safer and more secure when you leave for work this Monday.
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