There are many ways to increase home security, and most of them are simple solutions, too.

Get to know your neighbors

One of the best security measures homeowners can take is to get to know their neighbors and ask them to keep an eye out for strangers around the house. 

Install a home security system

The research shows that homes without a security system are three times more likely to be broken into than homes with one. Home security systems obviously deter would-be thieves by bringing audible attention to their break-in attempts. They also automatically dispatch police to the home. Besides monitoring for breaches, many security companies also offer fire and carbon monoxide detection, as well as features that allow homeowners to control their home’s lighting and appliances while they are away. 

Keep the outside of the house in tip-top shape

Regular home maintenance and upkeep serves two purposes. First, it keeps the home looking like it’s occupied. An un-mowed yard could be a signal that no one is home. Second, homeowners want to keep shrubs and trees trimmed and pruned to eliminate any possible hiding places for potential bad guys. 

Watch what is thrown out in the trash

One way bad guys will “window shop” a house is to check for any big cardboard boxes for appliances sitting on the curb. If homeowners make any significant purchase, they should make sure to cut up the cardboard box it came in so it can fit in a trash bag or a recyclables container. Also, before they throw away any bills or bank statements, they should shred them to stave off identity theft. 

Always lock doors and windows

Sure, they can be easily picked or bypassed, but remember, 30 percent of all burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or window. Although locks aren’t foolproof, they do make breaking into a home a little more time consuming, and thus less desirable for a bad guy.

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