Take advantage of “defensive” vegetation
One of the easiest and most effective ways to dramatically improve the overall security of your home without having to add any extra layers of protection that get in the way of day to day life is to plant “defensive” vegetation around all of your windows.
Bushes that are absolutely loaded with thorns planted beneath your windows are going to act as a natural deterrent to keep thieves and criminals away from these “easy picking” entry points.
Put bells on all of your doors
There’s a reason why almost every single shop you ever step foot in has a bell of some sort that alerts employees that someone has entered or that someone has left.
This unobtrusive little signal is going to give you advance warning that something is happening, but it’s also going to make criminals nervous that they have been spotted well before they’ve got the “goods”. It’s a cheap and easy fix for those that want to better protect their homes.
Have a safe room set up
You don’t have to build a multimillion dollar “safer” like the one that Jodie Foster escaped into in Safe Room, but you’re going to want to have a space in the home that everyone can get into quickly and effectively if there is a home invasion so that they’ll be together. You’ll want to make sure that this safer home is as well protected and defended as possible, and that it includes a method to contact the authorities or the outside world reliably in it as well.
Keep your garage safe
Criminals have found the garage to be one of the easiest entry points in almost every neighborhood, and you’re going to want to do everything you can to protect your garage from falling prey to these criminals.