Home security can be a costly endeavor. If you have been looking into commercially available options, you would not be wrong in concluding that the pricing can be downright exploitative. However, this does not mean that there aren't precautions that you can take to improve your home's safety that won't break the bank. If you are hoping to reduce your budget without compromising your safety at home, the following pocket-friendly solutions are top-rated security options for those who are hoping to secure their homes without having to part with a heap of money in the process.
Identify Entry Risks
By identifying the high-risk points of entry to your home, you can focus on adding reinforced burglar proofing. This simple measure is cost-effective and eliminates the primary threat to your home's safety. A pro tip is to make sure you install a solid frame that cannot be forced out, defeating the exercise. While identifying entry risks, you should also uncover as much information on home security solutions as possible as this will enable you to determine affordable options that are perfect to the specifics of your home.
Even though laminating windows seems like a project suggestion that is more suitable for home improvements and energy efficiency, the solution can also boost your home security. Well, we aren't referring to the costly process of glass lamination traditionally used to reinforce windows. What we are talking about is a simple life hack; clear vinyl. You can buy reams of the stuff from most car branding companies, and after a secure application on the outside of your windows, any breaking will result in a lot of noise and a challenge to forced entry.
Get A Cheap Smart Camera
You can get some excellent deals on entry-level smart security cameras online. Sacrificing all of the extras that come with premium models does not mean these cams aren't a unique solution for personal security. By setting one or two of these up around your home, you can cover most of your yard, and use apps to notify you of any detected movement.
Get A Barking Proximity Sensor
Instead of getting a real dog, you may want to opt for a proximity sensor that barks at the detection of any motion. These have been proven to dissuade potential home invaders. With smart placement, you can utilize a couple of Barkers to create a proper cacophony the likes of which would frighten even the most hardened criminal.
Put Up Unique Warning Signs
The old 'beware of the dog' sign is so ubiquitous that it has all but lost any meaning. Statistics show that people who use distinct warning signs alluding to cameras on the premises, as well as branded security company boards, are less likely to have break-ins. If you keep exotic pets like snakes or spiders, it's a deterrent for criminals, and you should advertise the fact.
Never Reveal Your Whereabouts
This is a no-cost security measure, but one that is highly recommended by authorities and security experts. As tempting as it may be to post that beach selfie you are broadcasting a message to criminal elements: 'There is no one at home'. The same goes for check-ins at restaurants or other social media features that allude to your location.
Another cost-free security measure is to practice vigilance. This solution is best done as a community effort. There's no doubt that your neighbors are just as concerned about crime as you are. Approach them and see if there is a way to put a community group in place, this way, the neighborhood can stand together in sharing news about any suspicious activity.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist