DIY Security Options for Those on a Budget

Most thieves are looking for a quick and easy target. They are less likely to go through with a burglary or with vandalism if there are too many obstacles or if they believe that they are likely to get caught. Thankfully, today there are many things that a homeowner can do to protect themselves, their home, and their car, either by inconveniencing or by scaring off would-be intruders. The following is a list of low-cost, DIY solutions for keeping your property safe.


You want to keep a clean yard. Doing so lets people know that you take care of your property and probably have security measures in place. Remove leaves, mow the lawn regularly and remove weeds. Trim bushes and trees back from the house to prevent thieves from breaking into your home through a window or from having a place to hide while sneaking around the exterior of your home. If you're away from home for an extended period, have someone come to mow your yard. This serves as a deterrent to thieves.


You want to make sure you have adequate lighting in your yard. An excellent, economical solution is to use solar or motion sensor lights. You should have spot-lighting by your front door and in your driveway. Ideally, you don't want any part of your yard to be dark, so think of different places to place lights to remove any blind spots. Vary your sources of lighting so that it's bright enough to identify people in your yard but subtle enough that it still looks aesthetically pleasing.


Your home and car are perhaps the biggest and most vulnerable investment you will ever make. While there are many things that you can’t control, there’s still much that can be done to protect yourself from becoming a target. Try these simple solutions for better peace of mind.