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Can’t Afford a Security System? Try These Low-Tech Tips for Your Home

Sometimes, the cheap fixes are really useful.

Home security is a must-have no matter the neighborhood, but smart technology can cost a fortune. While it’s a good investment, not everyone can afford to protect each entryway into their homes. We asked the experts for easy ways to protect your most valuable asset — no expensive gadgets needed! Check out these DIY home security tricks.

Thwart intruders with solar lights.

A well-lit home is one of the best deterrents, says former ADT tech David Eberhardt, who advises using solar flood lights (from home stores, or search “solar flood lights” on Google), which don’t require wiring. Just point them up toward doors and consider using them to line walkways.

Bolster windows with security film.

No need to install bars or shutters to ward off bad guys. “Transparent window security film is inexpensive, very easy to use, and can withstand up to 250 times the impact compared to glass,” says Eberhardt. One option: VViViD Clear Protective 4mil Vinyl Window Glass Wrap (Buy from Amazon, $26.98).

Reinforce doors with a rubber ‘foot’.

Burglars are opportunists and often enter a home through the front door. The simple, DIY home security solution? Rubber stoppers, says security expert Glen Bhimani, of BPS Security. “They make it much harder to enter and are a really inexpensive way to secure your house.” Just place a stopper on the floor under doors that swing into your home.

Deter daytime break-ins with a driveway ‘share’.

Most break-ins occur when families are away, which is why experts suggest deterrents like automatic light switches and TV timers. Also smart? Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway while you’re gone. The car signals that someone might be home, warding off robbers.

A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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