According to the U.S. Department of Justice, there is an average of 1.7 million burglaries recorded nationwide resulting to over $3.7 billion losses per year. When you think of home security and burglar proof, do you suddenly start thinking of the cost? Do you start seeing dollar signs in your eyes? If so then you’re not alone.
A lot of people think and fear home security is expensive. This idea was very true in the past. But as time goes on, things change. One beautiful thing about evolving technology is that things change and prices fall. Today, home security is surprisingly affordable. In fact, it is possible to get a deal of as little as $200 for some improvements, and can really fortify your home with as little as $500. Yet, this is still no match to the 2,200+ average cost per home burglary.
Some of these home security option are cheap and easy to install while others are expensive and more complex. Only you as an individual can decide, based on personal circumstances and budget.
I’ll go further by listing a few effective ways to easily burglar-proof your home.
- Beef Up Your Door Security: Did you know that 34% of burglars enter the house through the front door? And another 22% enter through the backdoor? The most weak and vulnerable area on a door is where the deadbolt inserts into the doorjamb. A hard well-targeted kick to that spot will cause damage to the strike plate, door frame, or both. Some screws on a strike plate are only an inch long, which makes it easier to be damaged with just a single kick. To solve this, remove of the screws and check if they’re shorter than 3-inch, replace them.
- Make use of Alarm System: You can get a DIY security system for as little as $25 online. The least expensive systems are extremely basic but do one thing really well, (sound the alarm). This comes with a keypad and door sensors (sometimes window sensors as well) depending on what you purchased. When you add a little budget you add on to your system, wireless key fobs, window sensors, motion detectors, and many others. You may need a professional to advise you on which system is best for you house. POGO security offers the best deal you can ever get.
- Fortify your Garage: Apart from unsecured doors and windows, the garage is another favorite point of entry for the burglars. Let’s not forget the fact apart from the house, the garage is a place where several goodies (tools, bikes, toys,and cars) that thieves would love to access. Garage security should be highly considered today. Be sure your garage door is shut whenever you’re not around. Luck access doors. Do not leave the garage-door-opener in a car parked in the driveway. In case you often drive away forgetting to close the garage door, you should consider installing a smartphone-connected garage door control. POGO Security can offer you the best deals for your garage door security.
- Install Strong Outdoor Lighting: Burglars are lurkers, they sneak around the home as they plan in advance. Takeout their hiding spots with motion sensor floodlights. Add an outdoor timer to your front door light, so it’s always on between dusk and dawn.
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