We place this door stop alarm (even though we have the Ring alarm) for extra protection. We use this door stop for our front door. In an event of someone opening the door from the outside in, this little handy alarm will ring pretty loudly for the size and it hard to force inside. The loud non-stop ringing alarm will help notify you as well as hopefully scare off any intruders.
This could be used for other doors in your home also. I personally just have one for my front door.
Source: My experience
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Exterior motion detecting lights do not cost a great deal more than other types of outside lighting. I particularly like them for the back of the house as well as the alley.
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I am looking for low cost ways to secure my home from burglars. I can't afford a home security monitoring system like Brinks. I know there is some type of stick that you can get that goes under the door knob and to the floor. Do you know where I can buy one from or do you have any other suggestions for securing windows or doors?
I'm with Beccaj23 and her post, think about getting a dog, the bigger the better (and the shelters are full of them). When we bought our home a couple of years ago, I lost count of how many times in the first two weeks various people came banging on the front door trying to sell us homeowner's insurance, new AC systems, and, of course, home alarm systems.
And I can't tell you how many times the decibel count went up way over normal when our dog went to the front windows to "greet" these people. A friend of ours in law enforcement said that one of the biggest deterrents to a home break-in is the sound of a large barking dog.
Works for us! :)