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DIY security for your home


However, increasing your home security can often cost a fortune if you hire a company to do it for you. Home security should be a priority, particularly as the summer holidays are fast-approaching and many South Africans will be departing for their annual getaway, leaving their homes unattended for some time. Fortunately, there are numerous DIY ways you can improve the security in your home without it costing a fortune. Whether you’re a novice in the DIY field or a seasoned expert, we’ve put together a few DIY security projects that anybody can tackle.Fortunately, there are numerous DIY ways you can improve the security in your home without it costing a fortune. Whether you’re a novice in the DIY field or a seasoned expert, we’ve put together a few DIY security projects that anybody can tackle.


Install your own alarm system


With private security companies popping up all the time in South Africa, people often think the only way to install an alarm system is to do so through one of these companies. Private security companies, while doing all the installation work for you, can charge high rates for doing so. On top of this they charge monthly fees in order to add you to their community watch and response unit. DIY alarm systems are available, can be set up without the help of a security company, and will still act as a burglar deterrent. These alarm systems come with instructions to fit the control panel, motion sensors, a siren, and door and window magnets, and are easy to install with a simple drill. Alarm Kits is just one company offering DIY alarm systems to South Africans without all the monthly maintenance costs attached. It should be noted, however, that part of a security company’s monthly fee is for their response team. This is linked to your alarm and is an important benefit you would not enjoy with a DIY system.


Keep the garden tidy


Keeping your garden neat and tidy not only serves the purpose of making your home look good, but also reduces hiding spots for potential burglars. If you have a large amount of plant growth near vulnerable spots like your garage, front or back door, or accessible windows, focus on these areas first. But not only does cutting back improve security, so too does planting. If you have easily accessible windows for example, plant a thorny bush or tree to dissuade burglars from climbing up or over them to gain access.




Setting up extra lighting around your home is a simple task that illuminates vulnerable areas where burglars don’t want to be seen, and gives the impression that the house is occupied even when you are away. Installing motion sensor lights above your garage, front door and in your garden will discourage people from scoping out your home and can cost as little as R95. Builders Warehouse offers an easy-to-follow guide to get your floodlights up and running. If using extra electricity is a concern, you can even buy outdoor lights that run purely on solar power. 


Reinforce doors


A cost-effective and simple way to reinforce and strengthen your front and back doors, is to install a cylinder lock that can be set to lock automatically, and can only be opened with a key. In addition the lock can have a deadbolt function, where the door cannot be opened unless the switch is released. A deadbolt door lock provides an additional locking function on the inside of your door, preventing it from being opened easily with a crowbar or from being bashed in. Installing a new door lock system is a relatively simple task with the help of a few simple tools you can find at your local hardware store. On top of installing a deadbolt lock, doors can be further reinforced by making sure there is very little or no space between the door and its frame. Space between the door and frame gives burglars an opportunity to pry it open. Simple wood or metal sheets can be used to fill this space up, reinforcing the door even further.


If you are concerned about security in your home, improving it doesn’t need to cost you a fortune. Simple DIY projects from installing your own alarm and maintaining your garden, to adding sensor lights and reinforcing your doors will make it more difficult for intruders to gain access into your property. While we can’t stop intruders completely, we certainly can take necessary steps to make it more difficult for them. You take it even further by having Household Insurance in place, so that in the unfortunate event that your house is broken into, the contents you lose are covered financially. For more tips on how to protect your home, read The Burglar’s Guide to Your Home.


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