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Your home is the biggest purchase that you will ever make in your life. Therefore, it is important for you to do everything you can to protect your investment. Home monitoring systems are very helpful in this task. However, there are some things that you can do yourself that will cost you little or nothing. These simple improvements to your home can help ensure that your family and the possessions you have worked so hard for are kept safe.

Here are some home improvement ideas to help you improve the safety of your home:

1. Install a safe

If you have extremely valuable items, it is foolish to simply leave them in a drawer where a burglar can easily find and steal them. Burglars are generally looking for the fastest and easiest score they can possibly make. In other words, they want to get in and get out of your house as fast as possible. They will look for any valuables that are left out in the open. A burglar might also quickly go through some drawers in the bedroom where valuables might be located. However, if you have a safe, it is highly unlikely that a burglar will even make an attempt to open it, since doing so will require a great deal of time. For added security, hide the safe so the burglar does not even know you have it.

2. Install a mail slot

Nowadays, people need to be concerned about much more than protecting their possessions inside their home. With identity theft constantly on the rise, criminals have resorted to simply stealing mail out of mail boxes in an attempt to gain access to your bank account numbers, credit card numbers and Social Security number. Most people are so concerned about protecting this information online that they do not consider that their mail is also at risk. A mail slot will make it impossible for a criminal to get access to your mail. It is also a good idea to shred any sensitive infomation before disposing of it.

3. Hire a home security service

It is amazing what technology is capable of nowadays. You can use modern technology to your advantage when it comes to protecting your home from thieves. Home monitoring systems can allow you to go on vacation with the peace of mind that the police will be alerted if someone tries to break into your house. You can even access many security systems through your computer, so you can be in a different country and check out the cameras in your house to make sure everything is fine. Along with cameras inside your house, cameras installed around your property can help to keep your car safe, as well as allow you to see any suspicious people in the area. A home security service will protect the things that are most important to you.

4. Increased lighting

Light is a burglar’s worst enemy. Obviously, when a person is trying to break into a home, they do not want anybody to see them doing it. Therefore, they will try to break in at night when it is dark outside. By installing additional lights, it will stop the thieves from attempting to break into your home. They will move on to a house with no lighting. To keep your electric bills low, you can buy lights that contain motion sensors. When a burglar approaches, the light will turn on and scare them away.

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