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I've been a victim of burglary twice in my lifetime and over the years have studied home security from various sources. I now feel I have a fairly good handle on it and as the proprietor of this website, I offer you my advise on how to secure your home and/or business with a DIY home security plan. Some advise will also be given regarding the personal protection aspects to help keep yourself safe within, just in case an intruder does gain access to your home while you're in there. I'll try to be as concise as possible. I hope this advise helps you and your loved ones. This will be comprehensive in nature and for those with a limited budget, you'll have to decide which pieces of the DIY home security plan to adopt.

The categories and products for this section are located after the commentary portion of this page.


First, let's look at the perimeter of your property. What can we do here?

Camera Systems

Some sort of camera system would be ideal so you can have eyes outside your property without having to go outside to look around. You'll be able to just look on your monitor to see outside.

A little thought needs to go into selecting your camera system. You'll first have to understand the components. You'll need cameras and something to record them to. You record to a DVR (not the TV kind though) or you can use a computer as your DVR to record to. You'll also have to decide if you need the cameras to see in the dark. For this, you'll get day/night cameras. Also, you'll have to think about placement of the cameras and decide if you want wired or wireless cameras. Cameras need a power source. Wired cameras will have a wire running from the camera to the DVR. We have cable that includes the power line so you just run that to the camera and connect it at the DVR. Wireless cameras will not have any cable running to them, but will still need to connect to a power source that is close to them. Most people hook wireless cameras to a power source in the attic. Once you understand this, you're able to make the selections necessary to put together a system. It's a good idea to put it on paper.

If you want to look at some of our complete camera systems that are prepackaged for you, click this link: CCTV Security Video Systems

If you would rather select the cameras for your system, you'll first decide if you want outdoor cameras and if you want day/night cameras that can record in any light situation. Further, if getting wireless cameras, you can have two of those on a 4-channel DVR. If you want more than two wireless cameras, you'll need at least an 8 channel DVR. You can only have 4 wireless cameras in your system, the rest will have to be wired. You can click this link to select your cameras for your system: CCTV Security Cameras

Once you have selected your cameras, you'll need to select the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) to record to. There's a special DVR that you can use to turn your computer into a DVR. You can generally find a used computer for this purpose for around $100 or so. However, that DVR can only run 4 cameras and only two of them can be wireless. You can click this link to select your DVR: CCTV Security Video Recorders (DVRs)

We carry a full line of hidden cameras and spy cameras. If you would like to add some of these to your system, you can select this link here: Spy Cameras

If you would like to have hidden cameras that are self-contained which means the DVR is built-in to the camera, you can select this link to check those out: Spy Video Cams w/ DVR

Perimeter Detection - Early Warning

The Voice Alert Perimeter Alarm complements any other alarm system because it functions as an Early Warning System that will let you know when someone is outside BEFORE they actually attempt to break in. This system allows you to place up to six transmitters around your property. You have a base unit inside the property that will annunciate a prerecorded message for each zone. For instance, you have a transmitter in the back corner of your home. The transmitter detects movement in that zone. The base unit says, "Movement detected on south side of house." or "There's movement on the side of the house." The message for each zone is recorded by you so it can playback whatever you want it to say. This is an excellent diy home security early warning device that will let you know if something is happening around your perimeter. Read more about this by following this link: Perimeter Security Systems

Get a dog that barks. Dogs are one of the best early warning systems and most burglars will try to avoid them. If you don't like dogs or have one that doesn't bark much, then, use our Electronic Watchdog.

The Electronic Watchdog is another one of our more popular products. Many people use them to make potential burglars think that there is a dog at the house. The nice thing about them is that you don't even have to feed them and they'll bark when people approach your home or business. These are nice to have in a part of your house like a back room or something that is less traveled. They're really effective if you are going to be away from home for a while. In that case you can have several of them setup and they'll start barking as someone approaches your home. Read more about this item by following this link: Barking Dog Alarms

You may want to know when someone comes up your driveway. One of our Driveway Alarms will take care of that for you. You can find those here: Wireless Driveway Alarm Systems

Most intruders gain access through doors or windows. Therefore, we'll discuss how to protect them.


A trick that burglars use to get into a building through a locked window is to put some tape over a section of the window them tap the glass until it breaks. The tape will prevent the glass from falling. Once there is a pane missing, the burglar simply reaches in and unlocks the window. This method allows the burglar to gain entry almost silently through a window.

The best way to secure windows that open is just to use two 4" screws for each one so they won't open. You put one screw through the track part of the window just above the lower window that you normally raise when opening them. You use one screw on each side of the window. Leave the head of the screw out just enough so the window can't be raised without removing both of the screws.

Some people use these little locks that are sold as window locks. You put them on the track and clamp them down. These are easily bypassed by burglars because they just require a few thumb twists to loosen them. Burglars have no problem doing that if they remove some glass to unlock the window anyway.

One caveat here, if you secure your windows in this way, make sure there is a chair and a heavy blanket in each area you do this in case of fire so you can still get OUT of the windows. You'll just use a chair to break the glass and clear out the window as best you can, throw the blanket through there to cover the bottom part, and crawl out.

For those windows that you haven't screwed down with the aforementioned method, or, in addition to screwing down your windows, you can use Glass Breakage Alarms on your windows. Put one of these on all of your windows and they will go off when vibration is detected. You can find those here: Window Alarms - Glass Break Sensors

You may also opt for magnetic contact alarms where you have one part of the alarm fastened to the wall next to the window and a smaller part of the alarm fastened to the window itself. When the window is raised, the magnetic contact is broken and the alarm sounds. You can find these contact alarms here: Door/Window Alarms - Magnetic

Further, for windows in back rooms or areas where there will be little movement at night, you can setup motion detector alarms to cover the areas directly in front of the windows. You can find those here: Motion Detector Alarms


Doors are a favorite point of entry for burglars. Around 34% of intrusions occur right through the front door. Many times, they'll just kick in a door. This needs to be much more difficult to do.The first thing to mention, regarding doors, is your locks. It is highly recommended to install dead bolt locks on each of your doors. You should have two of them on each door. They should be the kind that require a key on each side, not just on the outside. This is necessary because if a burglar happens to gain entry through a window, he can't use the door to get out because the deadbolt requires a key to get out. He has a much more difficult time taking out large items like TV sets and stereos. Also, especially on doors that have windows in them, he can't just break the window and reach in to unlock the door. Further, when you put the two double-key deadbolts on, make sure you have the locksmith use longer screws than the ones that generally come with the lock. Use 2 1/2 inch screws for the installation so the screws are embedded deep into the door jamb.

In addition to the deadbolt lock setup, be sure to look at the Door Devil™ Anti-Kick-In Security Door Jamb. These will beef-up your door jamb so they can't be kicked in. They're such an exceptional product to secure your doors with and require a very small investment. This item should be on every exterior door. You can check out the video and get more information here: Door Devil™ Security Door Jambs

In addition to the recommendations above, use a magnetic contact alarm on each door, just like for your windows. You can find those here: Door/Window Alarms - Magnetic

Also, you can use motion detector alarms in areas in front of doors to supplement the security there. You can find those here: Motion Detector Alarms

For interior doors while sleeping or as added protection for exterior doors, you can use one of our Door Stopper Alarms which can be found here: Door Stopper Alarms And/Or A Security Door Bar which can be found here: Security Door Bars. Use one of these Security Door Bars for ALL SLIDING GLASS DOORS in addition to a contact alarm and glass breakage alarm. You just lay the bar down in the track to prevent the sliding door from opening.

Motion Detection for Open Areas

Any area that is open, like hallways or large rooms, may need a Motion Detector Alarm setup there. We recommend using one that has an Auto Dialer so it can call you when an alarm is set off. You can find our Complete Burglar Alarm Systems here: DIY Complete Burglar Alarms or, you may opt for one of the motion detector auto dialers which can be found here: Wireless Auto Dialer Alarms

A Word About Commercial Alarm Companies

I have never understood why people will have an alarm monitoring company get a call when the alarm goes off just so they can call you to make sure everything is alright. This wastes precious time! Why not have the alarm system call YOU directly and you can dial 911 immediately. Why do you need an alarm company to determine whether to call 911 or not? You could have already had that done. All you need is a cell phone! These companies spend tons of money touting this as a benefit of having one of their alarms. Quite frankly I think that selling point is misleading and actually may be detrimental to your safety. I've used these companies in the past and it takes several minutes for them to call you after the alarm goes off. Only then do they call the police. You can decide for yourself if these companies are over-hyping this aspect of their alarms. My simple auto-dialer does a better job and will call several numbers in sequence. Besides, if you're home, and the alarm goes off, you'll call 911 immediately. If you're away, you can call 911 as soon as your system calls you. Well, you can decide if its a deal or no deal.

Supplemental Items

If you would like something like an autodialer but that works as a silent alarm, you can use the TeleSpy. This unit will call you like an autodialer but it won't setoff an alarm, AND you can listen in to the room to determine if you should call 911 or not. These can be found here: TeleSpy - Intruder Notification

If you're going to be out of town for a little while, it would be a good idea to put a few lights and the television on a Timer to make the home look like it's still occupied. You can find some excellent timers here: Timers

If a burglar does happen to get in, you can make it more difficult for him to find your valuable items by using some of our hide-a-cans. These are everyday household items that can be used to hide your valuables in. You can find those here: Hiding Places for Valuables

You should always have a good flashlight or two around. You can find those here: Flashlights - Types

Personal Protection

If an intruder has entered your home or business, your first option should be to flee as fast as you can. If this isn't an option due to the situation, you have to try something else. If you have enough time, call 911 if possible. That's one great thing about cell phones. Have 911 on your speed dial and be ready to use it. My cell phone stays at the head of my bed when I sleep and it is in my pocket all the time.

If you aren't afraid of guns, you should have one. Just make sure you know how to use it. Go out and practice with it so you'll feel comfortable with it. Become as proficient as necessary. Adhere to all precautions when keeping a gun at home. Make sure youngsters can't get to it. Keep the trigger locked. Also, keep it near when you sleep. I highly recommend a 12 gauge shotgun for personal protection in the home. Some may disagree with this. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. A shotgun requires less aiming, and, can cover a hallway better than anything else. If you don't like the idea of having a lethal weapon, like a gun, then there are other options that can work instead of, or in addition to, a gun. Personally, I have several guns stashed in strategic locations around my house as well as other weapons. I believe one should have several defense items placed throughout the home and office. This is called being prepared. It isn't paranoia. People always say, "It'll never happen to me." Well, guess what....it can!

Pepper Spray -- If an intruder has entered and you are in a position to use something against him, pepper spray is an excellent choice. In the home, you don't have to worry much about the size of the pepper spray, so opt for one of the larger units. Keep in mind that the larger the can, the more distance you get AND the more sprays you get. You can find a nice selection of pepper spray that is of an adequate size for home protection usage here: Hot Red Pepper Sprays - OC Pepper Sprays - 9 Oz. to 13 Oz. and larger ones here: 1 LB to 1.5 LB - Strongest Pepper Sprays for Cars and Homes. Keep pepper spray strategically located in several parts of the house and keep one near the bed while you sleep.

Stun Gun / Stun Batons -- Similar to a Taser but you have to hold the stun gun against an attacker for several seconds for it to be effective. You'll use these once an attacker has grabbed you. Still a nice option to have. If you're a woman staying alone, you should have several of these. Keep one in your purse, one in your car, and definitely one by your bedside while you sleep. Stun Batons will allow you to have a little more reach. You can view our huge Stun Gun / Stun Baton selection by clicking here: Stun Guns / Stun Batons

Hand Cuffs -- After a perpetrator has been incapacitated, go ahead and put some cuffs on until the police arrive. You can find those here: Police Handcuffs - Leg Cuffs

I hope the above commentary helps in some way. We have many more items in the categories listed below that can help with securing your home or office. There are also many more items on this site that can be used for self defense. Take a look around. Thanks for stopping by!

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