Home Security Tips: Burglar-Proof Your Home On A Budget

18 November 2020

Everyone should have the right to feel safe in their homes but, unfortunately, not everyone agrees and there are people who want to intrude. 

In 2019/20 alone there were over 356 thousand burglaries in England and Wales.

That’s a scary statistic. 

It may be leaving your key under your doormat or leaving your valuables out on display, you may not realise it but you may be making your home more appealing to would-be burglars.

Whilst not everyone is able to fit their homes with the latest home security systems or CCTV cameras, there are more affordable options available to better protect your home. 

In this article, we take a closer look at how you can burglar-proof your home whilst on a budget. 

5 affordable ways to burglar-proof your home 

Here we have outlined just 5 cost-effective ways you can better protect your home from unwanted guests:

  1. Improve your lighting 

Burglars are always looking for a place to hide and if your walkaways are poorly-lit, this is a perfect place to avoid attention. 

Investing in motion sensor security lights around your home is a perfect way to shine the spotlight on intruders, quite literally.

  1. Upgrade your windows 

Old or faulty windows are a prime target for burglars, giving them easy access to your home. 

Newer windows come with enhanced security features that can help to alleviate some of the problems that have been found in older windows.

There is a wide range of windows on the market, built with security in mind. 

Casement windows are one of the most secure types of window, whilst still being affordable.

Impossible to open from the outside, casement windows are ideal for security. 

If you want to keep intruders out, it may be time to replace your windows

  1. Remember to lock your doors and windows

It sounds obvious, but it is easy to forget to lock your windows and doors when leaving your home. 

An unlocked door or window is a burglar’s delight. 

Whether you’re leaving your home or want to protect your home when at home, remember to lock your doors and windows. 

  1. Smart locks 

Designed to scrap a physical key, smart locks are the latest instalment in door locking systems. 

Smart locks allow you to control your locking system from your smartphone.

You are able to unlock your door from your phone, an entry code or even fingerprint recognition.

By installing a smart lock, you can be alerted when someone attempts to break-in to your home and the police can be notified automatically. 

If you regularly forget to lock your door, a smart lock can automatically lock when your phone is out of the proximity of your home or after a certain period of time, offering you the ultimate peace of mind. 

  1. Hide your keys 

Burglars usually steal small objectives like car keys, to avoid drawing attention to themselves

It seems so simple but by keeping your key out of plain sight, you can help make your home a less appealing proposition for burglars. 

Find a home improvement specialist 

The truth is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to improve the security of your home. 

However, before you make any security updates to your home, it’s important to choose a trusted specialist to carry out the work. 

At the Double Glazing Network, our mission is to help our customers to find the right tradespeople for them. If you’re looking to make some security improvements to your home, use our online tool to find a specialist near you.