Do home security systems interest you? Sometimes, you do not actually need one in your home. Always locking your windows and doors, along with a few other simple steps may be just what you need.

Think very carefully about where to hide your spare key. People will check your doormat and frame first. For a better solution, try tucking your spare key into your dog’s collar, provided you have an outside dog.

Don’t talk about your vacations on social media. If you do, burglars will know you’re not home and strike.

Never open the door for a stranger. People you do not know could have bad intentions or want to get an idea of how many valuable objects you own. Establish a rule where you and your family only open the door for expected visitors.

You need to be sure the attached garage of yours is secure. Intruders can enter your home through an unlocked garage door. Get a C-clamp to secure your garage door if it is mounted on a track.

Make your home safer by storing your car inside the garage. A car kept locked in a garage is much less likely to be stolen or damaged. It will also keep any intruders from knowing when you’re home.

Remember to have an annual inspection of your home security system. The security company should have a specialist come to look at it. Wild animals or plain old nature can wreak havoc on your home security system. If it’s not visible, you might not even know there’s a problem.

End your shyness. Meet your neighbors. Ask them to keep an eye on your home, and do the same thing for them. Pay attention to gossip. You can learn of important security information, including if strangers have been lurking.

Don’t forget to secure your skylights too. Intruders could use skylights to enter your home. Having heavy duty, reliable hardware is best when it comes to skylights.

Walls are great for hiding things. You can hide small valuables in your walls. Just use an unwired electric plug, light switch or phone box. If you do not have any unused plates, it is easy to install a false one.

You can hide your valuable items inside your walls. It is unnecessary cut space into your wall. There are many places in your home that are pre-cut and available. Unused electrical sockets can be great for hiding expensive jewelry.

Always lock your house, even if you are only going to be away for a few minutes. Most break-ins and burglaries occur because a door is left open and an intruder just walks in. It does not take long for thieves to steal a lot from your home.

If you need to make the outside of your home secure, you can achieve this relatively inexpensively by installing lights with motion detectors. Cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing, these lights really add value to your home. If strategically placed, motion detectors ensure that it’s difficult for intruders to break into your home sight unseen.

A security system for the home might be necessary for you. However, you may find that you only need to make a few minor changes. Research all options thoroughly to make an informed choice.

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