10 Home Security Hacks

Your humble abode is the one place you should always feel comfortable, and safe. When you leave the house, to travel for instance, you want to take extra precautions to make sure that you're not giving bad guys the red flags they look for when it comes time to pick a house to break into. Listed here are 10 different ways you can protect your house -- so you can enjoy your trip.

1. Don't rely on old locks.

One of the first things you should do after buying a new home is to upgrade the locks in your doors and windows. Upgraded locks make sure that you're the only family with access to the keys, and are much harder to break than older locks.

2. Don't look like an easy target.

One of the biggest reasons burglars will enter into a home is because they see valuables inside while they are looking through a window. If you're planning a trip, make sure to keep your valuables out of sight of the windows for increased safety.

3. Stick a broom in your sliding door.

Sliding glass doors are one of a burglar's favorite entry points into your home. You can protect your sliding glass door by inserting a broomstick into the track. This helps keep the door from easily being slide open or lifted from it's tracks.

4. Make some noise with the television.

When a burglar hears commotion and voices inside of your home they are going to head the other direction. While you're away you can create the appearance of people being inside by leaving your television running.

5. Keep your lawn cut while you're away.

A dead giveaway for a burglar to figure out that nobody is at your house is through how often your lawn is mowed. If the bad guy sees that your grass is long they are going to assume that the residence may be vacation -- and check it out a little better. Keep your grass trimmed when you're heading out on vacation to maintain the appearances that people are still home.

6. Keep alarm signs scattered around your property.

If a burglar comes by your house looking for an easy target and sees home alarm system signs in your front yard they are probably going to venture onto the next house. Another great deterrent is having a dog in your fenced in yard. If the burglars know that your home is monitored and protected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they are going to be less likely to try to enter.

7. Don't tell everyone that you're leaving.

Sometimes the burglars will have inside information about when you are going to be coming and going on your vacation. To keep this problem from happening, you want to make sure that you only inform your closest friends and family of your trip, and avoid posting pictures and status updates on social media until you return from the trip.

8. Security cameras help you stay in touch with your home.

Home security cameras are a great way to protect your property if you're just moving into a new home, or may be remodeling the house you already live in. These cameras give you a reliable source that you can check up on using your cell phone while you're away.

9. Motion sensors work when they need to.

Motion sensor lights are another excellent method for illuminating your house when potential burglars find their way onto your property. By placing these lights in high areas around your property you'll be able to light up the area that the burglar is going to attempt to enter, showing their intentions to the rest of the world.

10. Don't let the burglars easily see into your home.

If you're going on vacation make sure that you put your blinds down in the windows. If burglars are able to easily look in and see that nobody is home, and haven't been home for a while, it's going to be hard to stop them with all of these other techniques.