Living in a coastal community, often times we can be lax about leaving our doors unlocked and belongings unattended.

But on a conservative budget, you can make sure your home, bikes, surfboards and beach toys remain secure.

8 Burglar Deterrents That Work:

1. Clearly Visible Window & Door Locks
Burglars get into your home via the door or window, so providing a first-line deterrent like visible (and sturdy) locks is a step toward security. Don't be frugal with your locks. You local locksmith can recommend the strongest, best locks for your home.

Suggested Product: Schlage Camelot Keypad Lever Door Lock

2. Lock Your Doors (duh)
This is so, so simple but many people fail to lock their doors. Lock up every time you go out, obviously, but also keep the doors locked when you’re home – and especially at night. If you like to leave screened doors and windows open on a nice day, no problem; there are good locks for sturdy screens, too. And speaking of locks, all doors should have deadbolts and patio/sliding doors need special anti-entry devices to prevent removal from their frames.

3. Contact the Police for a Home Security Check
Your local police department likely offers an underutilized but invaluable public service: home security checks. Call your local officers in blue, and ask for them to come out. They’ll walk the inside and outside of your home, and suggest areas for improvement.

4. Install an Alarm
A home alarm system is one of the top ways to deter burglars from targeting your home. Several different systems and extras are available, from a basic alarm siren to a fortress. Take the maximum protection you can afford. Make sure your alarm company has a fast response time, and consider whether you want the police automatically notified of an alarm event.

Suggested Products:  GE Personal Security Alarm KitGE Choice Alert Wireless Alarm System Control Center Starter Kit

5. Install Security Cameras (our favorite)
The best defense is a good offense. Put burglars on the defense by recording their every move. You’ll need indoor and/or outdoor security cameras with night vision and a decent hard drive to record a few days worth of video. If you can’t afford the real thing ($299), fake cameras can also work as a good deterrent; just make sure they’re quality fakes and not cheap plastic that thieves will easily identify as dummies.

Suggested Products: Q-See System with 4 High-Resolution 960H/700TVL Cameras and 1TB Hard Drive,  Outdoor Fake Security Camera

6. Motion Activated Lights
Illuminate the shadowed areas of your home and access points with motion-activated floodlights. That’s right, floodlights. If a light flips on, you want a wide viewing area.

Suggested Products: Fulcrum Motion-Sensor LED Porch LightAmerTac LED Motion-Activated Nite Lite

7. Strong Doors
Nearly 70% of burglars enter your home through a door. Install thick, solid wood doors that will be hard to kick in. If your doors have a window, install a secondary floor lock, so that after breaking the door window, a burglar cannot reach down to unlock your door and waltz into your home. Install hidden bracing in the doorframe.

8. Safe & Secure
In the event that a thief does breach your perimeter security, have your most precious valuables safely secured in a fireproof safe. Bolt the safe to the floor, otherwise, a strong burglar could cart it out.

But most of all, stay safe and enjoy a fantastic summer!