- Put a hold on your mail, or have a neighbor pick it up daily for you
An overflowing mailbox or piled up newspapers on your driveway can indicate that you’re not home. Burglars will look for an easy, unoccupied home.
- Purchase inexpensive timers for lamps
Simulate your presence by setting the timers for different points in the evening. Think about where you normally spend most of your time, and set the timer accordingly.
- Put expensive items out of view from windows
Items such as laptops, jewelry or gaming consoles should be stored away or moved to another room. If someone can see an expensive item while looking into your home from the window, it can make it all the more tempting.
- Look into home security systems
There are plently of budget-friendly security systems available, many even that are controllable by your smart phone. Check into a system to have in place for greater piece of mind.
- Fake a security system
If you can’t afford a home security system, see if a family member that does own one will let you borrow a yard stake or window stickers. Even the threat of a system will ward off potential intruders.