Posted July 13, 2012 by HomeOwnerOffers in Protect Your Home

DIY Home Security Check in 5 Simple Steps

Having a professional security system installed is a great way to keep your home safe, but it shouldn’t necessarily be the first step. Before you invest in home security, conduct your own security check, beginning with inspecting windows and doors, then moving on to these five key steps.

1. Keep up a Well-Maintained Appearance

Nothing says “easy target” like a poorly-maintained home. Houses that appear uninhabited, neglected or hidden are at increased risk for break-ins, so it’s wise to keep up with outdoor maintenance. Well-groomed lawns and hedges can help deter crooks, and trimming shrubs away from windows, porches and walkways will reduce the amount of cover a potential burglar could use to break into a window or door.

2. Install Motion Detector Lights

Front and back porch lights are the most important, but all sides of your home should be well-lit with motion-activated lights. These lights are easy to install as a do-it-yourself project if the wiring is already in place, and simple motion-activated floodlights typically cost $50 or less.

3. Secure Your Valuables

Easy-to-grab items like cash, jewelry, electronics and other valuables are often the first items burglars look for when they enter a home. When you conduct your home security check, take a tour of each room—especially the bedroom—and ask yourself what can be moved to a safe deposit box or home safe.

4. Secure Your Data

These days, it’s not just physical valuables that can be stolen; data stored on your computer is also at risk. Make sure you back up all the data and personal information stored on your computer, password protect your login screen, and always shut off your computer when you’re not using it.

5. Prepare for the Worst

Take a video or photo inventory if valuable items in your home. This inventory can be stored digitally online, or in your home safe if you have one. You should also make sure that you are properly insured against theft, and be aware that business-related items in your home office may require a separate policy or additional rider. Obviously, no one wants their home to be broken into; but if yours is, you’ll be glad you took the time to prepare.


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