Home security on a budget

While nothing replaces a working security system, these tips can help to reduce your chances of being a victim to burglary, without breaking the bank.

Install fake security system signs and cameras
While they won’t provide you with the peace of mind that a real alarm system brings, fake security cameras or decals will reduce the chances of any desperate burglars breaking in to your home. If they’re looking for somewhere to break in to without any planning, a small sign or sticker stating that you have a security system installed might be all it takes to dissuade them. Just make sure you don’t display a sign for a fake security company as most burglars will have a smartphone and can easily use the internet to find out if the company is real.

Affordable surveillance
Comprehensive security systems can cost a fortune, but there are cheaper options for securing your home, such as using your old smartphone as a security camera, or installing an IP security camera, which securely broadcasts security footage that you can watch remotely on your smartphone or tablet.

Monitor your mail while you’re away
An overflowing mailbox is a dead giveaway for an unattended home. If possible, ask a friend or family member to collect your mail daily, or ask the post office to hold your mail. Australia Post will hold your mail for $23.05 for the first week and $7.80 for each additional week. There is a concession rate available to pensioners, veterans or seniors card holders of $13.80 for the first week then $4.65 for additional weeks. See Australia Post for more information. If you get a lot of junk mail, a simple No Junk Mail sign will lighten your mailbox and make it stand out less.

Light timers or gadgets
By turning lights on and off at certain times this simple tool can ensure your home looks occupied when its not. There are also gadgets which replicate the light of a TV, without the expense of running your TV all night.

Do you have any tips for other readers for budget home security?

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