Some people have home security systems that are elaborate and a bit overboard. They have doors that lock automatically when they are closed, bars on their windows and alarms or sensors just about everywhere. But your home security doesn’t have to include a costly security plan. There are things that you can do on a relatively small budget and still remain safe.
You should be aware of the types of locks that you have on your doors and windows. If you are in a high-crime area, dead-bolt locks are usually more effective on any entry doors. However, even strong door frames with a locking door knob can deter an intruder or at least alert you to a forced entry. There are many people that will keep a baseball bat or club near their bed just in case an intruder does come in. However, be aware that some of them will be carrying a gun. If you suspect that the intruder is carrying a weapon, lock inner doors and find a place to hide that allows you to protect yourself if the intruder discovers you.
Keep a flashlight in every room in your house. In case of a power outage, there are some homes that are more susceptible to invasion when alarm systems are disabled. That would be the time when pepper spray or mace should be handy in case it is needed. You have to remember that even if someone enters your home illegally, you cannot cause permanent bodily harm. The object is to drive them away.
Another part of home security is to vary your routine from time to time. If intruders know when you will be home and when you will be away, they will plan their crimes around your schedule. You also know where family members are at all times and have friends and neighbors come to your home at different times. An unpredictable schedule is another major part of your home security.