3 Home Security Strategies to Help Protect Your Family

By: Jeremy Biberdorf

April 16, 2015

3 Home Security Strategies to Help Protect Your Family

A full blown home security system can cost thousands of dollars. If you’re trying to live within a budget it may be a stretch to invest that much money into total home security but that doesn’t mean that you should “do without”. At a minimum there are three strategies you should consider investing in to increase your level of home security and to help protect your family. Read on to find out what these strategies are.

Keep Intruders Out With a Door Brace

A door brace is a highly underutilized home security device. As most burglars enter a home through the front door, securing your front door is a solid investment. Locks are a good first line of defense but locks can be picked, bumped, and doors can be kicked-in even when locked. A deadbolt just isn’t going to cut it. Products like OnGARD can reinforce your door enough to withstand kick-ins and battering rams. The level of effort it would take to get past a door reinforced by a brace would be enough to detour most would-be intruders. It would also require repeated blows to the door which would be extremely loud and give you time to react long before the door was breached.

Though you can buy a door brace for around $20, you will want to invest in a higher quality door brace.  A high quality will run more toward the $100-$200 range. The point of a door brace is to keep intruders out so you will want to look for a brace that has several qualities. First of all, a solid brace does require a little elbow grease. Typically a more secure brace will be bolted to the floor or even requiring drilling to reinforce multiple parts of your existing door. Second, you will want to buy a product that is made out of sturdy materials like steel or glass fibers. Finally, the point is to keep intruders out and not to lock yourself in. Make sure that the product you choose provides for a quick and easy escape in the event of a fire or other emergencies.

Use Video Surveillance and Record Evidence

Of course, there are other points of entry that will need to be secured beyond the front door. While the front door may be the most common point of entry, intrusions still occur through garages, back doors, and windows. If an intruder finds his way into your house, you will want video evidence. Video evidence can be empowering and is proven to help authorities bring justice to both home invasion victims and victims of burglaries. Not to mention video surveillance is an effective deterrent as well. If you’re worried about lighting at night, there are always comapnies that offer surveillance cameras for dark places.

I recommend investing in security cameras that offer motion detections, night vision, and also video recording. Companies like Lorex have worked to bring the cost of cameras down and have improved technology to the point that installation is easy even for those that are not technologically savvy. I recommend something like this wireless home security package. The wireless home security package is home security in a box but for just a few hundred dollars. The package comes with 4 cameras so that you can keep an eye on things inside your house and outside. The cameras included in the package feature two-way talk, motion detection, and the ability to record events using a connected digital video recorder.

Don’t Be Afraid to Protect Yourself

So far we’ve tried to stop the intruder from entering by reinforcing your door and we’ve talked about how to deter and bring justice with video surveillance. But what should you do if an invasion occurs? The hard truth is that you need to be prepared to protect yourself. For many families this means owning and knowing how to use a gun. If owning a gun isn’t an option for you, I recommend finding other ways to protect your family. One option may be to keep a can of pepper spray where you can easily get to it.  It’s also wise to make a security plan for your family. Talk it over and make sure the plan includes a way to escape. Make sure your family knows to stay calm no matter what the emergency is as the goal is survival not victimization. Another inexpensive idea is to keep charged cellphones in different areas of your house and also bedside so that that you can call for help if needed.

Putting up advanced security systems in your homes can be very expensive. However, the most important thing here is that you feel empowered and not paranoid. These three ideas are geared toward preparedness and prevention. Think of them like getting a vaccine or buying insurance. You should never expect bad things to happen and more than likely bad things won’t happen to you but at least you know that you are doing everything you can to keep your family safe and secure.

Carlos Benjamin is a contributing author for HomeAlarmReport.com . He grew up in Chicago, IL , and moved to Fresno, CA, after high school, attending Fresno Pacific University and earning his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. After his apartment was broken into in 2010, he took measures to protect his property, and he enjoys writing about security measures and technologies to help keep others safe as well.

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Jeremy Biberdorf is the founder of Modest Money. After working many years in the website marketing industry, he decided to take on blogging full time and also get his finances headed in the right direction. Also check out his contributions to Equities.com and Benzinga.

66 thoughts on “3 Home Security Strategies to Help Protect Your Family”

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    “Finally, the point is to keep intruders out and not to lock yourself in.” Indeed, I can only imagine the look of buyers’ remorse on the face of the person who bought a brace and then locked themselves inside. As ridiculous as it sounds, odds are there was a poorly made product that did this somewhere in the market. With enough time, if you can imagine it, it has been tried.

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    There is nothing more important to me than my family, and making sure that they are safe. I really liked the idea of using video surveillance in my home. I think that this would be a great addition on top of the other security measures that I already have in place to protect my family. It would be nice to have video evidence to help catch an intruder if one were to get into my home. I’ll look into installing video surveillance in my home. Is there a specific brand of surveillance camera that you would recommend I install?

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    I really liked the ideas you offered to help protect your home from intruders! To me, there is nothing more important to me than keeping my family safe. One of the options you mentioned that I liked was to use a door brace. This seems like a great idea to help keep my home and family safe during the night! I’ll make sure to invest in one as soon as possible. Thanks for the ideas!

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    My wife and I want to get a nice security system for our home. Our friend’s home was broken into last night and did some serious damage to it. We don’t want this happening to us, so we are learning all that we can about these systems. This article has some good points that I think can help us out.

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    I really like the suggestion you give to use video surveillance to protect your home. As you say, there are other points of entry to be protected than just your front door, so putting video evidence around your home will help you to efficiently check up on these other areas of your home and ensure that they’re being protected. Overall, I feel like this type of security system allows you to be a more conscious home owner and will give you the ability to easily combat any type of intrusion issues. Thank you for sharing!

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    I really like your tips about not being afraid to arm yourself. Our home was broken into a few weeks ago and it has been really scary ever since. Luckily, our neighbors heard the noise and called the police. We only had a broken window and a few damaged pieces of furniture. We have been looking into security systems since then and I can’t wait until we get one installed. I think they are the best way to protect your home.

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    Do you know where to get affordable yet quality security systems? Please advise. I really need to have our home and office get secured.

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    I really love your tip about not being afraid to protect yourself. Home security is a really big deal and it can be scary when things don’t always work. My sister and her husband had their home broken into a few weeks ago and they have decided to up the anti. They are currently looking into getting some fencing for better security and I think that it will really help them. Thanks for the tips!

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    I’ve always been afraid of people breaking into my home. Now my worries have increased even more now that I’ve moved into a slightly more dangerous neighborhood. I’m going to make sure I get some security services so I can utilize video surveillance! Thanks for the helpful tips!

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    I really like your tip to use security cameras to protect your home. I like that it provides you with evidence if anything happens and that it is also a deterrent. People are less likely to break in if they know they are being recorded! Are there systems that you can access remotely so you can check on your home when you are away? Thanks for the information!

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    Recently, my neighbor’s house got broken into and many of us in the neighborhood are now thinking about getting video surveillance put up around our houses. I’ll definitely make sure to follow your advice and put up cameras by the back doors and the windows. However, how should I disguise my cameras in anyway when they are there or should it be made obvious?

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    I like that you mentioned how video surveillance can capture evidence against your intruder and help identify them. This sort of security used to be a luxury item, but it is becoming more and more affordable. If you are concerned with your safety, do something about it and get an alarm system.

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    I’ve heard that a burglar is likely to give up if they can’t get in your front door. If that’s true, a door brace is a good idea. A new security door can also be good if you have an old door that could be easily unlocked by force.

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    These are great home security tips to help protect your family! It’s great how nowadays with technology there are so many different brands of video surveillance with recording out there, you can now find one that will best serve you for different prices! Thanks for sharing!

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    I really like how you talked about video surveillance as well as motion detection and night vision. We’ve been looking for ways that we can improve our home security, and I think that video surveillance would be really helpful to us. I’m going to have to see if we can get cameras like you talked about that have the motion detection and night vision video surveillance, and see what we can find!

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