Three DIY Projects To Secure Your Home

There are many simple DIY projects that can improve your home’s security, from upgrading your window and door security to installing timer switches. DIY home security projects don’t have to involve wooden dowels—in fact, there are many simple, affordable, and quick projects that can be installed in under an hour and will make a big difference in the security of your home.

hinged wedge lock

In this article, we’ll walk you through three simple projects. Read out to learn how to:

  • Increase window security by installing hinged wedge or keyed window locks
  • Set timers for interior and exterior lights to create the illusion you’re home and alert, and
  • Mount door and window alarms to alert you when a door or window is opened.

These simple, fast, effective measures will lock up your life in a jiffy!

Upgrade Window Security

Windows are often the easiest way for an intruder to enter your home. Luckily, there are many simple, affordable ways to upgrade window security. If the look of a wooden dowel doesn’t appeal to you, consider a keyed lock or a hinged wedge lock.

Keyed locks are easy to install and are perfect for rental properties, because many kinds simply clip in place. If you prefer extra peace-of-mind, make sure to find a keyed lock that mounts to the windowsill. Keyed window locks ensure that even if the glass of the window is broken, the window won’t budge.

If you prefer to keep your window open for ventilation, consider a hinged wedge lock. A wedge lock prevents the window from being opened any further than where it is installed, which should allow 2-3 inches. For child safety, don’t install wedge locks to open the window more than 4 inches. Many hinged wedge locks also swing sideways to allow the window to open fully.

timer for interior lights

Set Timers For Interior and Exterior Lights

It’s always a good idea to have a light on to deter your house from looking empty or dark enough to hide near. However, leaving exterior lights on all night wastes energy, and forgetting to turn off your light during the day might let burglars in on your trick. An interior light timer makes sure that the lights switch on and off in a way that makes sense, whether you’re there to do it or not.

Interior light timers are also a good idea if you’re out of town, as they can create the impression that someone is home without wasting energy. A simple blue light in a room is enough to convince a potential burglar that someone is watching television inside, and that he should move on.

Installing light timers may seem daunting at first, but it’s easier than it seems! All it requires is some simple rewiring. Whichever switch you choose will include instructions, but the basic idea is as follows:

  1. Turn off the main power supply and remove the faceplate and switch from the wall box.
  2. Remove the wires to the switch, then cut them and connect them to the timer switch.
  3. Secure with electrical tape, insert the timer switch back in the wall box, and turn the main power supply back on.

(Because this is so doable, it’s actually a great way to introduce yourself to DIY wiring projects!)

Door and Window Alarm

Install Door and Window Alarms

Installing alarms for your doors and windows is a simple and inexpensive way to increase your home security. Most alarms are triggered by the door or window opening or a window vibration, and it’s hard to more effectively deter someone from breaking into your home. Many different types of alarms are available at home improvement stores and many come in combination packs, offering a door and window alarm for $15-$50.

Though the installation of the individual alarms varies, most alarms either use adhesive or screws to attach to the wall. If your door and door frame are uneven, make sure to find an alarm that includes a mounting bracket for securing the alarm to the wall. Install the alarm at least 5-6ft above the ground to keep children from tampering with it.

If you have close neighbors, it might be a good idea to warn them you’ve put alarms on, as they can be extremely loud.

By taking an hour or so to install some new safety measures for your home, you can enjoy the satisfaction of finishing a project yourself—as well as peace-of-mind for the security of your home.

Have any more ideas for DIY home security measures? Share in the comments!

This guest post was written by Cara Giaimo, a blogger for Simply Safe. She recently made a bow tie out of Washi tape and  a mountain out of a molehill.  SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security is making its way to the top of its industry.

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