6 Inexpensive Ways To Burglar Proof Your Home

Burglar-proofing your home doesn't have to break the bank. Learn about 6 inexpensive ways you can protect your home against intruders.

6 Inexpensive Ways To Burglar Proof Your Home

Does burglar-proofing your home have to be expensive?

State-of-the-art home security systems aren’t your only option – there are plenty of inexpensive ways to burglar-proof your home. Even if you have an ample budget for residential protection, it would be foolish to overlook the value-minded steps that are the cornerstone of home security. Here are the top no-cost and low-cost theft-proofing measures that you can implement right away.

1

Keep doors and windows locked

Simply put, good habits go a long way. Statistics on home break-ins indicate that many burglars are just looking for easy targets: Most burglaries happen during daylight hours (between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and they are typically completed within 8-10 minutes. 34% of burglars enter the front door; another 23% enter through a first-floor window. The takeaways here? Thieves are looking for easy-access property in houses that are likely to be empty. Lock your doors and windows whenever they’re not in use, even when you’re at home.

2

Update your locks

If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your locks, conduct an inventory: Are any of the locks damaged? Could there be extra keys floating around with strangers? Are any of the exterior locks easy to pick, jimmy or bump open? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it could be time to rekey your locks or to replace them with more tamper-proof versions. To start, make sure all exterior doors have ANSI Grade 1 or Grade 2 deadbolts. Check out our guide to exterior door locks for more details.

3

Reinforce doors, windows, locks and hardware

What if your locks are rock solid but your doors, windows or hardware are weak and flimsy? A well-placed slam or kick could allow someone inside in seconds. Inspect all entry points, especially those on the first floor, and replace, repair or reinforce them as needed. Ideas:


Emily Ferron

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Emily Ferron