4 quick ways to increase your home security
Thorny bushes and cacti in addition to outdoor lighting can help prowler-proof your home. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Christine P. of Tuscon)
When it comes to home security, we all know to lock the windows and check the peephole before answering the door. For additional peace of mind, follow these tips. You’ll feel as snug as a bug in a rug.
Plant thorny shrubs, like rosebushes or cacti, around your home. These can discourage burglars from entering your property — unless the burglars are wearing suits of armor. But in that case, you'll hear 'em coming.
Change the code
You know that fancy new garage door opener that came with a fancy new factory-issued code? Change those numbers immediately. Thieves know those fancy factory codes and will use them to make themselves at home — in your home.
Go to the dogs
Dogs are good deterrents to burglars. Even a small, noisy dog can be effective. But dogs get scared, too. Don't rely solely on your canine's bravado to save the day.
Don't broadcast you're not home
Turn your telephone ringer down or off so a burglar can't hear that you're not home to pick up. Also, don't leave an outgoing message or change your Facebook status to say you're on vacation. Duh.