In this day and age with crime on the up rise a person needs to know how to secure their homes. Yet you shouldn't let fear cause you to go over board so your home become more a prison then a home. Sometimes you can go over board with loud alarms and flashing lights that does more to annoy your neighbors then frighten away burglars.
If you live in an area where you can hire an expert to come in and evaluate how burglar proof your home is, you could have this done. Still there are some simple things you can do like adding locks to all your windows and doors. You'll need to talk to your lock smith to make sure you get the most secure lock he has.
A lot of robberies happen at night while people are a sleep. This makes it less likely that neighbors will be awake to see or hear anything. So a camera may make you feel more secure at night as well catch things that otherwise your sleeping neighbors might miss. Sometimes something as simple as getting yourself a dog from the near by pound can be a deterrent to a burglar and dogs can be pleasant company as well as they make you feel more secure. If your going to be away from home take a flashlight with you instead of leaving an outside light on this lets a robber know your not at home and it wouldn't hurt to leave an inside light on. It wouldn't hurt to put out the extra bucks to the electric company for a security light specially if you live in the country.
If your neighborhood has already had a rash of robberies it wouldn't hurt to get together with neighbors and friends to form a neighborhood watch. Neighborhood watches has helped to lower crimes in heavy crime areas. Not only do they help lower robberies, they also lower attacks and drug related crimes. Let your local police know your concerns and maybe they can do a few extra drive byes. If you live in a small community sometimes police will do this as part of their services, specially if it's an election year.
There is all kinds of alarms that you can buy for your home that will fit with in your budget. Just make sure that you buy what you need from a reliable company. A local company would be the best because you may already know the people you'll be dealing with. No one likes to have strangers prowling around inside their home. How ever you choose to protect your home make sure it fits in your budget and life style. Everyone wants to feel safe and secure in their own homes and lets face it the world isn't as safe as it use to be.
You should never open the door to someone you don't know not even if you have a chain to hold the door. If you don't have a window that you can see who's at the door, you might need to have a peep hole installed in your door. If someone claims to be hurt, just tell them through the door you'll call 911. If they are really hurt this will take care of the problem. If they are up to no good, this will usually scare them off.
There was a time when you could leave your doors unlocked but that isn't a great ideal an more. It's not a sign of weakness to add an alarm, a key pad, camera or a few extra locks. It is sadly is just a sign of the times. So do what ever you need to be safe. It doesn't mean your world is out of control, it means your taking back the control of your world.
Check out places you can buy alarms, security cameras and key pads online. Most of your local stores will probably have a web site. How much and what kind of security you get is up to you.