Security on the Cheap


Installing state of the art systems to secure your home from burglars and other intruders can be expensive, especially if you have to pay for installation costs on top of purchase prices.

However, there are a number of ways to “fake it”, if you are a household on a limited budget.

Security does not have to be complicated. For concealing cash or small items of value indoors, a camouflage safe is a simple but effective way of doing this. Usually manufactured in the form of branded tins of soup or baked beans or tubes of well-known crisps, the camouflage safe can be hidden in your cupboards alongside real food.

Dummy alarm boxes located under the eaves of your house are also a deterrent to burglars. Some of these are solar powered, whilst others may run on batteries which power the LED flashing indicator lights. Just remember to change the batteries every 3 or 4 months.

You can now buy dummy cameras at a fraction of the price of a full CCTV system. Most will bear up to close scrutiny as they contain a real camera body and a visible lens. It may also be worth investing in a CCTV warning sign to fix to the wall of your premises to complete the illusion.