No matter what you do, at some point, a criminal interaction may occur in your life. This may very well be through no fault of your own, and it could be a verbal confrontation or even something you’ve witnessed. Things like this happen.
Many crimes can be prevented, of course. You wouldn’t walk around a neighborhood filled with crime telling everyone about your unlocked Porsche and showing off a gold plated watch, would you? No. In the same essence, you might be advertising your home to the prying eyes of the world’s criminals - and you might not even know it.
You can be the best you that you can be, you can be fit, smart and healthy - but it won’t matter if your home is a target. No criminal cares about what you have achieved personally, they care about how easy your property is to enter and how much money they can make from you.
There are very easy ways to make your house a target. Simple negligence is one. If you let flyers build up, your lawn and plants overgrow or even leave your home on full display; people will take notice of this and in many cases, the person taking notice may want a closer look - so they can see if your property is worth the risk of breaking in.
Now, look above - you see the ways a criminal can notice your property? The solutions to these issues may not cost you a penny. Mow your lawn, take care of the exterior of your home, remove flyers and junk mail and pull your curtains or blinds together when you’re not in the house. How much did that cost you assuming you own the tools to take care of your lawn? Nothing except time and a bit of sweat.
Most solutions to securing your home and keeping it safe aren’t going to cost you a fortune. If you haven’t got the money to purchase an alarm system (you should find the money), you can order stickers that can be plastered over your home to deter criminals and foster the illusion that you own said system (more information on stickers and signs can be found here: alarm-reviews.net/fake-security-signs-stickers-fool-anyone/).
Simply put, do the basics right. Lock your doors, move valuables out of view, give the illusion that the property is protected, care for the property and maintain the property. If you cover the basics, you’re lowering the chances that a criminal will eye up your property. The first step to a robbery is the assessment, and if you can prevent a criminal even looking at your house, you’ve already won, and it won’t leave you out of pocket.
That all being said, spare no expense. Do you know what will cost you the most? Replacing all the items, memories, and goods that will be stolen from you because you didn’t take the right precautions. Be the hero of your household and secure it.