Live in a high-crime area? Want to sleep better at night and feel safer throughout the day? A home security system can do that for you — give you peace of mind and an overall sense of wellbeing. And if you haven’t yet talked to a home security specialist, maybe it’s time to do so. In the meantime, however, there are steps you can take to set up some sense of security for yourself and your family, even if you live in an area where break-ins are rampant. We’ve compiled a list of simple changes you can make at home to help discourage intruders from targeting your property to begin with and to help keep you safe in the event the unthinkable happens. Think of it as setting up your own DIY security system until you can find the time to talk with a home security specialist. 

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1. Light It Up

Intruders hate being in the spotlight, and that means that homes with well-lit driveways, yards and entryways factor low on the list of would-be criminals when they’re scoping out the neighborhood for likely marks. Motion-sensitive outdoor lighting is available from nearly any home improvement store, but even if you can’t afford to invest in the full gamut of outdoor lighting, replacing burned-out porch lights is a step in the right direction. And if you’re not handy enough to hook up hard-wired, exterior lighting, opt for solar lighting instead. This type of light charges in the sun all day long then lights up bright once the sun goes down. Light your walkway and back entrance, simply by driving the accompanying stakes into the ground along darkened paths. 

2. Adopt a Furry Friend

Dogs are a big deterrent to anyone looking to break and enter, and the bigger and more imposing — the better.

"Dogs are a deal-breaker for me … Big breeds, home protectors, are the best to keep people out." said a former burglar, when interviewed by KTVB out of Idaho. 

If you’re willing and able to care for a large pet, consider stopping by the local shelter and adopting a watch dog. The American Kennel Club recommends the following breeds for guard dog duty:

  • Bull Mastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Akita
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Rottweiler

Of course, any dog will love and protect you if you return the favor, but these breeds, in particular, have reputations of being loyal and easy to train. They’re also vocal breeds that will bark, growl or yap. 

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3. Get in Good With the Neighbors  

Good neighbors may be the best asset of all when it comes to protecting your property. Make sure you not only know your neighbors but that you go out of your way to cultivate a good relationship with them as well. Let them know when you’ll be out of town or home alone, and then make it a priority to return the favor when they’re away as well. 

Making simple changes such as these are the best steps you can take toward DIY-ing a home security system. But when you’re ready to invest in the real thing, give Protect America a call for a free quote today. we specialize in keeping you and your family safe from home invasion.