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6 DIY Home Security Hacks

Top10.com Staff
Secure your home by yourself
Even if you're already paying for a security system, there's no better feeling than making your home safer using do-it-yourself hacks. A security system can make your home safe but there are still a few ways you can protect your home more. Use these simple tips and tricks to help deter a burglar.

1. Install Window and Door Alarms

While most security companies may give you home security equipment for free, you'll have to sign a multi-year contract to pay for a monitoring service. Instead, you can buy simple window and door alarms from home improvement stores at an affordable price. The only downside is that buying the equipment yourself will mean you won't have a monitoring service, so you'll have to respond to the alarm yourself. 

2. Have Your Landscaping Work for You

The problem is that trees and bushes provide cover for criminals, but some homeowners feel empty yard looks boring. A solution is to plant thorny bushes under windows and any potential hiding places. Also, make sure to keep bushes neat and trimmed, or else it will look like you're on vacation.

3. Strong Doors

Flimsy doors can be easily kicked in by a burglar. Replace them with solid wood or 16-gauge steel. Also, we recommend not buying a door with glass panels; the glass can easily be smashed to unlock your door from the inside. And while we're discussing windows, consider replacing those that are next to all doors with burglar-resistant glass.

4. Get a Dog

Dogs, especially large ones, are one of the best deterrents against home invasions. If a getting a dog isn't possible, then just install "beware of dog" signs around your home. Sure, any wise observer will see that an animal doesn't actually live there, but it should initially get most criminals to pass by your home.

5. Choose Friends Wisely

Sad as it is, most victims of a crime actually know the criminal. Take care who you let into your home, don't brag about new purchases on social media, and take boxes from expensive purchases straight to the garbage. Also, never post vacation plans on social media; just wait to share the experience until after you get home. Doing otherwise is an invitation for a break-in.

6. Record Serial Numbers and Take Photos

In the unfortunate event that your property is stolen, you'll need proof of what is missing for insurance claims or recovery. Take a day to write down the serial numbers of all major items: computer, TV, laptop, tablet, etc. Additionally, take photos of every cabinet, drawer, closet, and room of your home. Hopefully you'll never need to use these records, but you should still be prepared.

Keep these DIY hacks in mind. These tips should help make your home even safer than it already is.

If you don't have a home security system yet, check out these top options to keep your home even safer.

Top10.com Staff
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