Nifty·Posted on Feb 20, 201719 Home Improvement Tips For People Who Are Deathly Afraid Of Axe MurderersCan you leave the light on?by Emily ShwakeBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed Honestly, you know you're a little paranoid... Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Universal Pictures But you've watched too many scary movies and now you can't sleep unless you've triple checked the deadbolt. You aren't being totally unreasonable. Here are a few ways to feel a bit safer. 1. Install outdoor, motion-sensing flood lights to scare away anyone that may be trying to sneak in at night. youtube.com See the full video tutorial on Weekend Workbench. 2. Install a peephole so that you know who you are inviting into your home. youtube.com Learn how to set up a peephole yourself on AdamDIY. 3. Reinforce your door jamb to make your front door harder to kick in. youtube.com There's a technique — learn how to reinforce a door jamb with Home Repair Tutor. 4. Disguise your jewelry case to fool even the most cunning burglars. designsponge.com See the full how-to on Design Sponge. 5. Apply window film to make it harder for anyone to see into your house or break in through your windows. youtube.com Security film is also great for insulation and reducing glare. See the full video of someone trying to break into a window that has security film here. Buy it for $11.89. See how to effectively apply it here. 6. Set up a keyless deadbolt that can't be picked and doesn't require you to hide your key under the doormat. lowes.com Learn how to install a deadbolt at Lowes, or hire a locksmith to help you. 7. If you can't replace your lock, don't hide your spare key under a doormat where anyone would look. Stow it in a lockbox. keyguard-lock-boxes.com Learn how to set up your lockbox, like this one from Keyguard, in only a few steps here. 8. Zip-tie the disengaging arm on the automatic opener to prevent break-ins through the garage. itstactical.com Learn more ways to secure your garage door on ITS Tactical. 9. Shred all of your mail and documents before throwing them out so no one can steal your information. consumer.ftc.gov Find more information on what documents to save and what to destroy on the Federal Trade Commission's consumer information page. 10. The harder you make it for burglars to get in, the less likely they will try. washingtonpost.com All the information in the graphic above came from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. See the graphic on Washington Post. 11. Find out what kind of crime you should watch for in your area. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Columbia Pictures MyLocalCrime can give you a good idea of crime in your area. For a more exact, substantial estimate of the crime rates in your area, talk to your sheriff's office or find information on their website. 12. Protect yourself virtually as well as physically. buzzfeed.com Securing your cyber presence is just as important as locking your front door. Read this roundup of mobile and web privacy tips to learn more about how to do it. 13. Purchase a basic home security system that you set up yourself. Homes without alarm systems are more likely to get broken into, while homes with them will have significantly fewer losses. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF toptenreviews.com Consumer Advocate provides some really substantial information on why home security systems are incredibly important to protecting your house from a break-in. The site also provides their rating of the top ten best DIY security systems based on ease of setup, security, and customer service availability so you can choose the best one for your home. 14. Order a home security camera that will warn you if an intruder enters your home. thewirecutter.com Wi-Fi home security cameras can sense motion and sound and are pretty easy to set up. Check out The Wire Cutter's evaluation of 15 different indoor Wi-Fi home security cameras to figure out which one to buy. 15. Or turn your computer into a video surveillance system. raymond.cc Keep an eye on your home or office while you're out using the camera you already have — your laptop's webcam. Learn more about 12 free software programs you can download on Raymond. You could also just set up your own webcam to record throughout the day. 16. You could also mount a fake security camera to deter murderers without spending a ton of money. Amazon Home security systems can be expensive. Just like those security system signs, the sight of this fake security camera ($8.89) might deter someone from trying to get in. 17. Lock up your tall ladder — you know, the one you used to paint your walls once — so that no one can use it to sneak in through your upstairs window. amzn.to Get this lockable looping storage hook for $14.28. 18. Inventory everything you own so that you can properly claim damages to your insurance company if someone does break in. techlicious.com Know Your Stuff is just one of the many free apps insurance companies have made available so that you can regularly update and save your home inventory. See a list on Techlicious. 19. Repaint and illuminate your house numbers so that the police can find your home easily if you call them. shelterness.com Learn how to make this solar lantern to illuminate your house numbers on Shelterness. Want to do a little bit more? Check out 17 Sneaky Products To Make You Feel A Whole Lot Safer for more ideas, including this stern gnome.