These are a few simple security precautions to ensure your home is safe. These are inexpensive methods that anyone can use. They will save you financially and emotionally in the long run. Think about it, right now there are 5-6 houses being broke into. This will protect yours.
In 2/3 of break-ins it is usually through the doors and the other 32% is through the windows.
The best security measure for your home is a Home Security System with alarm monitoring. Good secure security locks and a CCTV (a home security camera) is also a good security measure for your home.
To further secure your home there are some simple prevented measures that you can take. These are very cost effective if any for you.
Install a peephole (door viewer), and also a bolt and chain. Make sure that your external doors are locked, especially in the evenings. If you have cellar or basement doors install a deadbolt from the inside or a hasp and padlock from the outside.
Make sure when you leave or at night that you lock all of your windows, especially the small ones (small people can slide right through them).
Make sure that all of your outside and gardening equipment is locked up safe. This includes anything they can use to enter your home, such as ladders, axes, etc.
Do not leave your purse or wallet within easy access, as they can grab and run.
Most people will hide a spare key under the mat or a plant, do not do this. If you have a neighbor that you can trust leave it with them.
Another cheap idea that you can use is security lights. Thieves do not like to be seen. There are security lights that have motion detectors. They are usually pretty easy to install. This will also help when you are trying to get into your house in the evenings, as it will light it up. The last thing a thief wants to see is a security light.
Some motion detectors come with an alarm. This will let you know when someone has crossed its path. The last thing the thief wants is to be noticed and hopefully this will scare them away. You have to carefully consider where to place the detector where it will be away from children and pets.
If you do not have a neighborhood watch in your area, you can call your local Police Department. They can help you to start one and help on running it.
In the evenings when you go out be sure to close all curtains and blinds. You can also leave a radio on. Make it look like someone is there.
Here is another good security measure. Window locks, they are fairly cheap, easy to install. Pay close attention to the windows on the first floor, and do not forget to leave the key in when you go out.
Use a security pen to mark your items. Thieves are less likely to take something that has been engraved.
Over time the average family has a pretty good size CD or DVD collection. The price of these collections is not cheap.
Pay extra attention to your electronics, your TVs, VCRs, DVD players, and especially your jewelry. Remember that this is your property all it takes is a few simple steps from it becoming someone else who possesses the property.
It is bad enough that they have taken your property, but it is the fact that someone has come into your home, your safe haven. They have invaded your privacy.
Most thieves are opportunist so do not give them the opportunity.