Easy ways to improve your home security!

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Smart homes have turned all the fantasies of life into realities. For example switch on the AC before you come, dim the light, turn up the music that also doing it from halfway if you need to. The wireless revolution has made installation more affordable for many homeowners. Investing in a high-end security system is not the only way around to feel safe in your home. Experiment with these simple, inexpensive tips.

Mailbox: an overfilled mailbox is a sign that you are away. Ask a friend to empty your mailbox and keep your porch clear of mails and filters.

Fake System: Thieves look for an easy mark, making your home look tough to crack will encourage them to move on. You can easily put up a security system to clear deterrent-even if you don’t want to have a real one.

Home automation: updating with some smart light bulbs in street-facing lamps lets you control them all via app while you are not at home. It’s easy to install and affordable. Schedule it randomly to make it look like someone is always home.

Trimmed shrubs: overgrown shrubs tells thieves they will have access of being seen while they work and also that you are not around. Cut those branches so it’s not so easy for them to hide.

Lockdown: often a crook isn’t even breaking in, just taking advantage of a door left unlocked. Smart locks that automatically lock behind themselves mean that’s never an option.

Keep an eye on things: you can install a security camera outside that lets burglars know you are watching their every move, thank relatively inexpensive DIY systems.

Don’t advertise: being so excited about your vacation and posting it on social media in real time, that also a sure way to tell the world you are away from home. Have the patience to post once you are returned.

Know your neighbours: They can look out for your house and make sure nothing appears awry while you are away.

Fake feed: A “beware of dog” sign can be enough to scare off the bad.

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