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DIY home security tricks & tips

March 21, 2019
DIY home security tricks & tips

It doesn’t matter if you are a homeowner or a renter, feeling safe and secure in your own home should be a given. Yet, creating this safety and security can come at a big cost. Sometimes, our homes need cost-efficient and quality security systems. And it's possible to do this without breaking the bank. So to avoid having your home being a sitting duck, we have these simple and quick DIY home security tricks that can suit almost any budget.

Install home security cameras

Security cameras are one of the most effective home security devices in deterring break-ins. Some great features of smart cameras include having the ability to record, live stream viewing directly on your smartphone and even having a 2-way communication, to really spook them.

Consider where they are going to be placed, such as the front and back doors, side gate, garage door and so on. Check for any obstructions and reposition the camera so it is in full view of anyone approaching. Having the camera completely visible adds as a further deterrent to thieves.

Cheat tip: Have a tight budget? Consider using yard signs or security stickers and some dummy cameras. These may not work all the time. It should at the very least prompt the opportunistic thief to think twice about their actions.


Hide all exterior wirings

It can be a simple task to do. Having all wires hidden, means thieves don’t have the opportunity to cut off your power supply or wiring to your alarms or cameras. It also means that they can't have the upper hand and catch you completely off guard.

In some cases, this can be a simple DIY job, but for more complex situations, it is always best to call the experts.

Install a Peephole

This can be a relatively inexpensive task. And for those with a steady hand and lots of patience, can be quickly achieved. Having a peephole or door viewer is a great addition to or an alternative for a security camera. It is certainly by far better than not having anything at all. Once installed, you can see who is outside without having to open the door at all.


Let there be light!

There are several options to provide your home with light at the right times of the night. Get yourself a motion sensor spotlight and place them at the front entry, back door and driveway. If you have the budget, you can also opt for the side gate and any window.

What about when you are not at home? Why not get a smart light bulb? Simply replace an existing light bulb and upload the app. Now you can turn the light on and off from anywhere in the world.

Cheat tip: Switch a light or lamp on manually in any front room before you leave. This will certainly give the impression that someone is home. This may not be the cheapest option in the long run but is better than complete darkness.