Every year, there are over 2,000,000 break-ins, burglaries, and home invasions in the United States alone. While many homeowners have a basic security systems that provide a fair measure of safety, an alarm can only go so far.

These home security tips, however, are guaranteed to fortify your home with a solid line of defense.

1. The SimLock protects against burglars by reinforcing your deadbolt.1-home-securityThe Family Handyman

2. Reinforcing your door jamb is a great way to protect against break-ins.2-home-securityThe Family Handyman

3. Reinforcing your sliding doors with something like the Door Guardian is also a smart move.3-home-securityThe Family Handyman

4. Place some easy-to-install window alarms to protect against weak spots.
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5. Tighten up the security of your garage side door with some 2-by-4s.5-home-securityThe Family Handyman

6. Keep your most prized possessions in a safe.
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7. Keep your spare/emergency keys in an outdoor lock box (and not under a rock!)
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8. Make sure you know who’s at your door with a wide-angle peephole.8-home-securityAmazon

9. Replace your old mailbox with a secure, privacy-enabled mailbox.
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10. Motion detector lights are a good way to keep the bad guys away.10-home-securityAmazon

11. Keep your garage door opener on your keychain, and not in your car.11-home-securityAmazon

12. When you’re away for a long time, put a padlock on your garage to prevent it from opening.12-home-securityThe Family Handyman

13. Reinforce your door with a door guard to prevent forceful entries.13-home-securityAmazon

14. A smart door stop is a brilliant way to protect your valuables and loved ones.14-home-securityAmazon

15. Hard drive-enabled security cameras will capture crimes in progress and send you the evidence.15-home-securityAmazon

16. Smart alarm systems can be monitored by your phone, even when you’re not at home.
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17. This door lock has been around for ages, but it works to slow a burglary in progress.17-home-securityAmazon

While you can never be completely protected, burglars know to target the least protected homes, so these should do the trick. It’s like adding a moat to a castle.

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