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Ways to Keep Intruders Out of Your Home

Updated on September 26, 2013

Ways to Keep Intruders Out of Your Home

A home invasion violates your home, family, and peace of mind. Although no security lock or home security system is foolproof, they are several things you can do to detour intruders. Homes without a monitored security alarm system are three times more likely to be burglarized or robbed than those with a monitored home security system. However, home security alarm systems can be rather expensive. There are several less expensive security measures that you can take to help keep intruders out, which we'll explore in this article.


Make sure your home is visible from the street. Prune low branches on the trees so that your windows and entrances can be seen.

Keep Your Home Well Lit!

A well lit house is intimidating to intruders. Keep your home well light on the inside AND the outside. Install path lighting, driveway lights, and outdoor flood lights. Solar lights, such as the one below, will turn on automatically.

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Door Lamps

Install door lamps on both sides of the front door. This way if one light burns out, the other will still be lit. Install on both sides of the back and side doors too.

Timer Lights

Attach light timers to your front and back doors so that the lights come on automatically when you are not home.

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Motion Sensitive Lighting

Install motion-sensitive outdoor lighting. This type of lighting will come on when there is movement around the outside of your home, alerting you to potential prowlers.

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Home Security Alarms

Homes without a monitored security alarm system are three times more likely to be burglarized or robbed than those with a monitored home security system.

Install a home security system. There are many home security alarm systems and home security system companies to choose from so be sure to research it on the Internet to find an alarm system that best suits your needs.

Install peep hole on your front and back door so you can see who is outside your door without opening it. This peep hole is equipped with a black and white camera that Installs into a standard peep hole door cut out. It produces and incredible 170 degree viewing angle using special fish eye lens. 0.33 inch super grade imager assures high quality picture.

Keep Your Doors and Garage Locked

Keep your doors locked at all times. Add security door locks, deadbolt locks, garage locks, sliding glass door locks, and patio locks. For sliding glass doors, use a broomstick that is at least one inch thick or install a sliding glass door security lock such as the one below.

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Secure All Windows

Secure your windows with security window locks, security window screens, security window shutters, and/or security window bars. Secure your basement windows with basement window security bars.


A dog with a loud bark is also a good deterrent. If you dont have a dog you can still place a dog food bowl and some dog toys around the front and back of your home to create the impression that a dog lives there.


Cameras, whether dummy cameras or real ones, will most likely cause potential intruders to avoid your home.

Solid Wood Doors

Add solid wood doors. Be sure that your doors open in, not out, so that the hinges are in the inside.

House Keys

Never hide a key under the doormat, over the door or any place else. Leave a key with a trusted neighbor instead.

Are You Sure That Is Really The Gas Man Outside Your Door?

If someone is at your door in uniform or displaying an ID card, telephone the company involved before opening the door. If the company cannot confirm that the person is legitimate, phone the police.

Hide Valuables

Don't leave valuables out in plain sight or near windows.Another good idea is to mark your valuables with an engraving too.

Get To Know Your Neighbors

Get acquainted with your neighbors. Sometimes a trustworthy neighbor can be the best home security system, especially one that knows your daily routine and can notify the police when they notice something unusual.

Beware of Your Answering Machine Message

When recording a message on your home answering machine, never say that you are out or when you will be returning home. Turn the home telephone ringer down so that it can't be heard from outside the house.

Keep a Phone Next To Your Bed

Keep a telephone by your bed in case an intruder breaks in while you are sleeping.

Locked Mailboxes

Don't put your name on your mailbox. Having a mailbox that locks is also a good idea.

While on Vacation...

Keep your garage locked at all times, especially if it is attached to the house. If you go on vacation, add a padlock to the garage door and detach the automatic garage door opener by unplugging the unit.

Neighborhood Watch

Join your neighborhood watch association. If you doesn't have a neighborhood watch program, start one.

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      RBurke21 5 years ago

      Definitely agree. I never want to come home to find a crime scene. Protect yourself with a reliable security company so that never happens to you. These are great tips, thanks!

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      Oosquid 7 years ago

      Informative lens with some great advice. We can't be too careful about the security of our home and family.