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5 Proven DIY Home Security Hacks You Need to Know

With home break-ins and robberies on the rise, it’s never been more important to secure your home and provide protection from burglary. With the cost of intruder alarms and surveillance systems more expensive than ever, it can be hard to know how to protect your home on a budget. 

5 Essential DIY Security Hacks

An unlocked door is ajar.

1. Install Fake Security Cameras

If a burglar thinks a home is protected, they typically won’t risk attempting a break-in. Installing a dummy security camera in a visible location is one of the most important steps you can take in protecting your home, as it sends a very clear message to intruders that your house or apartment is well-secured and under surveillance.

Try to purchase a newer model, as home intruders often come to recognize fake security cameras: they typically cost less than $20. 

Tip: Burglars often operate in local areas, so avoid telling anyone, especially neighbors, that the camera is fake. 

2. Download a Security Camera App

Sure, a dummy camera is an incredibly inexpensive way to act like you have a security camera, but it also wouldn’t be unwise to actually have one, would it?

3. When leaving home, use timer switches

Burglars will stake-out a location to ensure that it’s empty before attempting a burglary. It’s a pretty surefire sign that you’re away or on vacation if the curtains are closed and no lights are on (or if lights are left on for days on end).

Tip: Try not to leave curtains fully closed, as in the daytime this is a clear sign that a house is unoccupied. Blinds are more effective at blocking a view of the interior without making it seem as though the house is empty. 

4. Install motion sensor activated lights

5. Double down on your front door security

the Defender Security E 2516 Standard Latch Strike (via Amazon)
the Defender Security E 2516 Standard Latch Strike (via Amazon)


Where do burglars look first?

Burglars will typically observe a house for a long time before attempting a break-in. For this reason, it is important to make it look like your house is well protected at all times—particularly if you’re leaving it empty. Timer switches are particularly effective at this, as are dummy security cameras. 

How do you scare thieves?

You can deter thieves from investigating any rear entrances to your home by using ‘beware of dog’ signs, even if you don’t have one. Fake home security systems, particularly ones with blinking lights, will give the impression that a burglar alarm will be triggered should a thief try to attempt a break-in. 

What is the best way to secure my home from burglars?

A home security system is undoubtedly the most effective way to secure your home from burglaries and break-ins, but they are often very expensive. Thankfully, alternatives like AlfredCamera transform devices into ultra affordable security cameras that you are able to monitor on a smartphone, tablet, or PC while away. AlfredCamera will alert you when any movement is detected, in the same way that a motion sensor would. 

What are ‘porch pirates’?

With contact-free deliveries now the norm, parcels are often left unattended at people’s front doors and in their porches. A porch pirate is someone who will observe a delivery, and then take the parcel before the homeowner has a chance to stop them.

How can I secure my home cheaply?


A common misconception is that you have to install an expensive home security system in order to protect your home from burglary. With the convenience of modern technology, this simply isn’t the case any more. 

With the simple, inexpensive DIY hacks listed here, you can eliminate any worries you may have, and ensure increased safety of your home at a fraction of the price of a top-range home security system.