Do-It-Yourself Home Security—Part II: Psychological Deterrents
In DIY Home Security Part I, I shared some simple ways you can increase the security of your home's sliding glass doors and windows. Another effective way to keep burglars and other would-be intruders out of your home is through the use of inexpensive psychological deterrents.
Effective DIY Psychological Deterrents
Most burglars do their homework before targeting a property for their intended crime. The homes that make ideal targets are those that present the least amount of risk for criminals. It is for this reason that psychological deterrents are such an important part of home security.
The following are a few inexpensive, yet highly effective methods for keeping burglars and other criminals from targeting your home.
- Home Security Alarm Signage: Whether you have a home security alarm or not, posting signage that indicates your home is monitored by a security alarm system can serve as an effective deterrent. Most burglars don't want to be detected when they break into a residence. They typically look for homes unprotected by alarms and other surveillance systems. While I highly recommend having a security system installed in your home, if your budget doesn't allow for one, at the very minimum purchase a few signs from a home security company or home improvement store and prominently display them around your property.
- Beware of Dog: In addition to the psychological effects a dog can have on a potential intruder, a dog is like a home security alarm system. The moment it sees or hears something unfamiliar, it barks. For an intruder, attempting to break into a home that's protected by a dog—especially a big dog—means running the risk of detection and possible apprehension. If you don't have the means to care for a dog, sometimes all it takes is to create the appearance that you own one to deter criminals. This can be easily accomplished by purchasing and displaying "Beware of Dog" signs around the outside of your home. Signs with the name or picture of a large, protective dog breed can also increase the psychological effect.
- Dummy Security Cameras: Home surveillance cameras can be quite effective in deterring burglars and other criminals. However, if you can't afford the real thing, inexpensive dummy cameras can be just as effective. The trick is to install them in conspicuous areas around the exterior of your home where they can be seen, yet high enough to where they cannot be easily tampered with. A dummy camera with a flashing red light is all that is needed to outsmart the bad guys. A dummy camera that utilizes the sun to power and recharge itself can also help you save money in battery and energy costs.
When it comes to home security, it's important to remember that any level of security is better than no security at all. Though simple and inexpensive, the above security measures can be highly effective at keeping the bad guys out of your home.
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