A secure home allows you to sleep comfortably at night without having to worry about burglars or robbers who might get inside your home while you are away of fast asleep. Although the number of home forced entries have decreased in the last year, it is still very important to pay close attention to your home's security. Neglected details that make your home susceptible to thieves may lead to big losses in property and even your family's lives.

Installing top-of-the-line home security systems is not always a top priority to make your homes secure. You can still stick with a workable and affordable budget while keeping your home secure and safe.

Here are some of the cheap home security tips and tricks that you can adapt in your homes to keep your property secure.

Secure your house keys

It would be better to keep your keys inside your home and handled by adults. The less spare keys you have at home, the better. Never attempt to hide spare keys in "secret" places outside your home because most burglars will locate them easily. It's advisable to not allow kids to handle or know where main keys are located.

Strengthen your windows

Windows are often considered as the weakest link in terms of home security, especially when left open and unattended. Make sure that all units are locked and secured before sleeping or leaving your home. Window dressings and automated blinds can also help in discouraging prying eyes. Some blinds can even be pre-set to open and close in specific hours of the day, allowing you to operate them even if you are not inside your home. Install window lock brakes as well as security bars to prevent possible forced entries in your windows.

Smart Cameras

Technology has become so advanced that there is now a new generation of smart video cameras that can be installed in your home and allow you to keep an eye on your property whenever and wherever you are. You can easily access them via Wi-Fi and a phone app installed in your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can even save, store, and review older videos with a small additional monthly fee.

Double locks

Locks can be easily picked by smart burglars. For added security, it would be wise to add a few manual locks indoors. These conventional types of locks are very sturdy and can only be operated manually and from the inside. You can also install double locks in your windows. Knowing that you have an extra security feature that can only be operated indoors adds to that extra relaxing feel every time you sleep at night.

Home automation and security systems

Home automation goes beyond a camera, but can be a little bit harder on the budget. These security systems offer gadgets and several other features that will keep you and your family safe. Keyless entry systems that only allow you to access your home via a key code is an example of this kind of security system for your home. Some features go as far as being able to open lights according to your pre-set preferences for any place in your home, as well as allowing housekeepers and babysitters access some specific areas in your home without actually giving them a key to your house. The affordability depends on how low-tech or high-tech your home security system will be.