Improving your home's security is one of the most worthwhile improvements you can make. Not every security enhancement has to cost a lot of money or time, however. There are many things you can do to enhance your home's protection without emptying your wallet, such as:
Tend to Your Landscaping
Keep your hedgerows and bushes neatly trimmed and low. If you have trees with large branches near windows, remove those as well. Don't offer any easy access points to your home and don't keep shrubbery so overgrown that it provides a good hiding place for burglars.
Secure Your Windows
Check your window locks to make sure they're engaged and working properly. If any of them are broken or if you have windows that never had locks in the first place, install aftermarket locks. You can even buy ones that allow you to open your windows a crack without leaving them completely unlocked if you like to keep a breeze moving through your home.
Lock Your Outside Buildings
If you're in the habit of leaving your garage or shed unlocked, it's time to make sure that no one has easy access to any of your buildings, not just your home. This is especially important if you store ladders, drills, or other tools that intruders could use to gain access to your home in an outside structure.
Light Up the Exterior
If you don't have outdoor lights around your home, pick up some inexpensive motion lights to install. A house that's completely dark around entrance points is a good target for anyone that wants to avoid being spotted. Installing motion lights in your garage is a good way to keep your driveway lit and let you know if anyone is there who shouldn't be without putting bright lights near your windows.
Don't make your home a target when you go away. If you're leaving for more than a day or two, have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your mail -- a full mailbox is a telltale sign that no one is home. Put your lights or electronics, such as your television, on automatic timers, so your home doesn't stay dark for days on end. Don't advertise your vacation on public social media either. Share pictures and thoughts with loved ones by text message or email and wait until you get home to post pictures on Facebook or Instagram.
Though it isn't the cheapest option, having an alarm system installed is one of the best things you can do to improve your home's security. Consult with different alarm companies to schedule a consultation and get an estimate on a system that can deter intruders and call emergency services if you have an emergency or break-in.
Contact a company like Tele-Plus for more information and assistance.