By Lisa Kaplan Gordon
You don't have to install a pricey or crazy security system to feel safer in your home. Here are some low- and no-cost ways to keep burglars at bay.
1. Don't Sleep Alone
If you're sleeping solo these days, take your car's remote control to bed with you. If you hear suspicious noises, push the remote's "panic" button and let the alarm scare away intruders.
2. Fake It
Pretend you're home watching "Downton Abbey" and deter burglars with FakeTV ($34), a small gizmo that glows and flashes like the flicker of a television set. FakeTV uses the same energy as a nightlight, and has a built-in light sensor and timer, which turns it on at dusk and off when you wish.
3. Slippery When Wet
In the U.K., they slather "anti-climb" paint, which never dries, on downspouts, gutters, and anything they don't want an intruder to shimmy up. It doesn't seem to be available in the U.S. yet. But it's a wild idea.
4. Footsteps in the Snow
Virgin snow is a sure sign that no one's home. If you're away after a snowstorm, ask a neighbor's kid to tromp around your yard, creating footprints that will fool a burglar into thinking you're around but just haven't gotten around to shoveling your snow yet.
5. Parked Car
Also, ask a neighbor to occasionally park their car in front of your house, making it look like you're entertaining visitors. And ask them to remove any fliers that may be wedged into your door or mailbox. Burglars sometimes case a home by planting a flier and checking to see if someone retrieves it.
This story was originally published on HouseLogic.
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