Whether you live alone, you’re going on vacation, or you just don’t want to spend a fortune on a new home security system, these are some great tips that will help keep your home safe.

Purchasing a home is a huge investment in both time and money. Whether you’re a first time home buyer or a seasoned investor, wanting to protect your investment is only natural, however not all of us have thousands of dollars to spend on a top-of-the-line security system. Luckily, there are other clever and inexpensive ways to keep your home safe from intruders.

Car Panic Button

Whether you live alone or not, the panic button for your car is a great way to have an alarm system without having to fork out that extra cash. Simply keep your car keys beside your bed and if you hear any suspicious activity, press the panic button. The alarm should scare intruders away, or at least prompt your neighbours to check on the situation. 

Footsteps in the Snow

During the holiday season, many people go on vacations, and leave their homes empty – a perfect target for burglars. The key to deterring off unwanted visitors is to make your home look lived in. Ask your neighbours to shovel your driveway and collect your mail. Some burglars will even plant a flyer to see if someone retrieves it. You could even have your neighbour park their car in your driveway.

Beware of Dog

This is probably the oldest and cheesiest intruder prevention method in the book, but it surprisingly works! Burglars want to find the easiest, fastest and quietest house to break into, so finding out if the dog is real or not adds both time and effort to the operation that they’re not willing to take. Putting a dog bowl outside will also help support the myth and deter the burglar.


Set your inside and outside lights, radio and TV to a timer to create the illusion that you’re still at home. Motion sensors are also a great way to scare off intruders.