How to Determine Home Security Needs For A Small House
There’s a lot to take in when deciding what security needs your small house may need. Make a checklist of your biggest priorities. Make sure you have the essentials and then assess any additional considerations you should make for your starter home or neighborhood.
Safety Essentials Checklist
- Working smoke alarms on every floor
- Working carbon monoxide detectors on every floor
- Functional window locks and deadbolts on the exterior doors. Changing the locks when you move in is highly recommended.
Home & Family Checklist
Once you’ve checked off the non-negotiable household essentials on your list, ask yourself if your home or family presents any unique concerns:
- Do you have many people coming in and out of your home? Kids, their friends, babysitters, cleaning people – the more people you have coming and going, the more your house will be vulnerable.
- Do your kids tend to leave their toys and bikes outside where they can get stolen?
- Is your yard well-maintained or overgrown? Unkempt landscape is often a sign of a vacant home and thieves know it. Also, vegetation in your yard may conceal intruders and give them a hidden way to access your home.
- Is there a secure place for your mail and packages to be delivered, or are you a target for package thieves?
- Is your property located in a high-traffic pedestrian area? You may need to take additional measures against spur-of-the-moment thefts.
- Do you live in an area that’s prone to natural disasters, power outages, or other environmental hazards? If so, you’ll need to take steps to secure your property.
- Is there any home security equipment pre-installed in your home? You may be able to pick up a contract with that provider for a discounted rate.
Neighborhood & Community Checklist
- If you haven’t already, research the neighborhood for relevant crime statistics, such as area sex offenders and known safety issues.
- Introduce yourself to the neighbors and learn more about what goes on in close proximity.
Best Low-Cost Home Security Tips
You don’t have to spend hundreds or thousands to secure your small house. Some low-cost gadgets can add security to your home:
- Panic button – Panic buttons let you notify a pre-set list of emergency contacts or emergency services with one touch. They are available as part of some home security systems, or they are available as standalone products. They can be helpful for seeking help quickly without requiring you to speak or access your phone.
- Stand-alone door or window sensors – Sensors that trigger a high-decibel alarm are inexpensive and can be used in many places other than the front door or a window.
- Portable door lock – Add an extra layer of security to your bedroom door or front door with a portable lock that can’t be forced open.