Before shelling out big bucks for home security gadgets and monitoring, take basic measures to improve your home’s security. Many of the most effective home security strategies cost nothing or very little.
Make your doors and windows as difficult to penetrate as possible. Although intruders prefer unlocked doors and windows, many can quickly and almost silently pry open locked ones. Some break a pane of glass so they can reach in and unlock the window or door. Only a few really determined burglars break out enough glass to walk or crawl through, or bash in a well-secured door, and they seldom try to pick locks.