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21 Cheap And Effective Tricks To Keep Your Home Safe

You don't need to invest in an expensive home alarm system or install an unsightly barbed wire fence to keep out burglars. Sometimes a couple easy steps are all you need to secure your home.

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2. Always remember to remove flyers from your doorstep.

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Never let flyers or menus build up on your doorstep — you risk appearing like you're on vacation. And if you are on vacation, have your neighbor pick them up for you. Burglars sometimes case a home by planting a flyer and checking to see if someone picks it up.

15. When loading a car with suitcases, keep it quick and hidden if possible.

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Load your car in the garage with the door closed. If you have to do it in public, do it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

19. Invest in double glazed or toughened glass windows.

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Double-glazed windows as well as toughened glass are harder to smash through. Not the cheapest option, but you get added benefits. In the case of double-glazed windows, you'll save money from increased heat insulation and they'll block out more noise, which could increase your property value if you happen to live on a loud, busy street.

20. Get a motion-sensor home security system that lets you monitor your home with your smartphone.

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This clever gadget is called the Canary and it costs $199 with no monthly fee. Get more info here.