Inexpensive Home Protection Ideas

I wanted to share some inexpensive ideas with my fellow Vallejo neighbors. With the reduction of police officers on patrol in our city it’s very important that we all stay diligent in keeping our neighbors and homes protected from potential criminals.

Here are some very simple and inexpensive ways in to keep your peace of mind while you are away. When putting out your trash, be careful what you expose. For example, let’s say you just bought a new television. In throwing out the box, cut it down to pieces and put them in trash bags.

Shredding personal identification information is also important, since identity theft is getting worse nowadays.

You should use good common sense when it comes to keeping your home secure.

Never leave your doors unlocked even if you’re home. Always instill good home security habits in your children as well.

Install motion lights at both the front and back of your home so people will be aware that someone is always home. Censor lights are a must for those that have alleyways behind their homes. Have your neighbors place them also.

If you go on vacation, have someone house sit or at least check in on your home so people do not know you’re away. Due to harsh economic times, the number of home invasions is on the rise.

Find out your local area’s crime statistics so you can be aware of what is going on in your neighborhood, and so you can be properly  prepared and ensure your home stays safe and secure. A great source for this information is online at:

Put up a sign that says Video Surveillance camera on the property. A thief will think twice before entering a dwelling with this sign. (If you can’t afford a real camera system, buy a fake one. These are very inexpensive, but a great deterrent.)

Place metal plates in your door jams to reinforce them.

Never leave things in the car —change, cigarettes, jackets or anything shiny. This is an open invitation for thieves. Specifically: Never leave your garage door opener inside the car!!

Here are some additional simple and inexpensive ideas to keep your home secure.

  • Dog Barking Motion Detectors starting at $29.95 – Lets intruders think you have a dog inside the yard or home.
  • Baby Monitors (wireless) starting at $16.99 to $230.99. We have one hooked into our garage to hear any kind of noise behind our home.
  • Fake TV’s starting at 24.99. It looks as if you are home while you’re away.
  • Driveway wireless sensors starting at $ 18.50. These let you know who’s approaching your yard.
  • Window alarm censors, starting at $14.86. These let you know if someone is trying to enter your home through a window.
  • Waterproof & Wireless Alarm Siren Unit, starting at 16.99
  • Also, bells on your gate will let you know that someone is trying to gain access to your backyard. (Also: deadbolt the gate – this is a great deterrent.)

Drill a hole into the floor of your garage and place a medal rod into the ground and place a barrier bar across the inside of the garage to stop entry. This will cost you about $20.00 for materials.

I hope some of these ideas will benefit you and your neighbors. These are trying times, but we’ll be able to overcome these difficulties
if we all come together in fighting the crime in our city.

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