This article was previously published on November 10, 2015 and updated for comprehensiveness and accuracy.

Everybody should have the comfort to feel safe and secure in their home or residence. Even if you don’t own a home security system, there are inexpensive tactics you can implement to protect your residency. Here are six home security tips from the experts at Vector Security.

Inexpensive Ways to Keep Your Home Safe

1. Identify Potential Risks: If you are moving to a new neighborhood, connect with families in the area to evaluate whether it is in line with your expectations and needs. While the area or neighborhood may seem safe, don’t be misled by appearances or notions presented to you by your realtor.

2. Do a Security Evaluation: Evaluate what you are trying to protect the most and use that as a starting point to develop your home security program. The well-being of your family members will likely come first, with valuable assets falling next in line. Then, look around your home and pinpoint areas with security concerns. Do your doors have traditional locks? Is it difficult to keep your windows secure? Make a list and be sure to address any security issues present.

3. Lock Your Doors and Windows:Ensure that door and window locks work appropriately. Unwanted visitors typically look for easy access to a home. If necessary, install window stops for an added layer of protection. Smart locks are an even better option that allows you to unlock and lock doors remotely, so you never have to worry about leaving your home open to an intruder.

4. Leave the Lights On: Leaving lights, and even a radio or TV, on in the house can go a long way in making your home look active. Implement inexpensive motion sensor lights to add safety for anyone coming home late and to deter burglars. Smart lights are another great option that allows you to control your lighting from your IoT device, are inexpensive, and are energy-efficient.

5. Commit to Landscaping and Upkeep: Trim bushes and shrubs, mow the lawn and remove leaves and snow. Don’t allow newspapers or mail to pile up whether you’re home or on vacation. A groomed appearance gives the impression that you are regularly present, and protect and value your home.

6. Participate in the Community: Knowing your neighbors is invaluable to your home’s safety. Develop relationships with families on your street to ensure mutual safety. Notify each other of a suspicious activity or nearby threats. Join or start a neighborhood watch if there’s interest in the community. A close-knit community is one of the greatest security assets to have for your home and family.

Learn More About the Benefits of a Home Security System

A home security system backed by a 24-hour monitoring center is the ultimate safeguard. If an emergency occurs, a security system will ensure responders are dispatched through Central Station monitoring, saving critical time for your family.

Smart home security can also alleviate the inconveniences associated with managing home safety on your own, such as maintaining your alarm system, remembering to lock up, or turning lights and appliances on and off. Through a mobile application, homeowners monitor and control smart devices from anywhere and at any time. If you like to learn more about adding a home security system, feel free to contact a Vector Security expert today!