1. Do not leave keys or other such items under doormats, in flowerpots, or other cliché spots as these are the first places that intruders will check. Keep extra keys with you, or in a spot that only you or your family know about. Test your key hiding skills by asking a family member to guess where you may have hidden them, if they find them too quickly then you know you need to work on your hiding spot some more.
2. Even if it means having to take the day off from work, or adjust your schedule, make time to be around when you have people working in or on your home. Don't be afraid to ask workers questions to let them know you are watching. This attentive behavior will likely discourage any crimes of opportunity as well as broadcasting a mental picture as to your intentions to keep your home and family safe. Being aware of your surroundings and events in your surrounds are key to safety and security.
4. Unlike the doormat or flowerpot hiding spot, a "Beware of Dog" sign can actually go a long way towards making someone think twice about breaking into your home. If you really don't want a dog there is nothing that states you can not have a sign stating you have a guard dog. Invest in a sign from your local hardware or home improvement store and put it in a visible spot. Its another cheap and effective way to secure your home.
5. Don't forget the windows fittings and window security. This is another critical security point in any home or residence and windows should be checked to make sure they are locked. Even if you have a home alarm system lock your windows because not all security systems provide sensors on second floor windows so it is a good idea to get in the habit of making sure this easy access point is secure.
6. One of the best upgrades you can do to your home is to add deadbolts, install door lock plates and upgraded door locks. Companies like http://www.morelocks.co.uk/ offer some excellent lock systems including Keyed Alike, Masterkey, British Standard, Insurance Rated, Secured By Design and more.
9. Be sure to update your insurance company about any security upgrades you make as most insurance companies provide discounts for these types of improvements and alarm security services. Call your agent for more details as this may give you an idea of what kind of budget you can start with, without any additional costs, IE; If adding a security system will save you 15% on your home owners insurance you can take the amount you pay for insurance every year and multiply by the percentage you will save to get a rough figure of what you can spend on these improvements.
10. The last item on our list is of course the Security Alarm. There is a huge choice open to you from screwing a blank box to the outside of your home that gives the impression that the property is alarmed, to a full live monitored security system with cameras - There is also a huge range in prices to consider.
Do whatever you can do to improve the security in your home,whether simple or complex. It all helps to give you a good night's sleep!