Contrary to the belief, it is not always necessary to spend a lot of money having an alarm system installed in your home. These are usually expensive, and you can avoid having to go through this, if you and your family get into the habit of following some basic home security measures such as security locks and lighting.
The first thing that you need to do is see that all the doors and windows are properly closed and locked before you go out or retire for the night. If your children are old enough, then give them the task of securing their own bedroom windows. They will soon get into a routine, and will do it automatically after a while.
Studies show that one in five household burglaries occur by invitation. This means that if your windows and outside doors are not properly secured and are left wide open at inappropriate times, you are in fact giving burglars the opportunity to enter without any effort at all.
If the outside doors of your home have safety locks or other safety devices, then use them. Installing a peephole or door viewer is a good idea too, so that you can see who is on the other side, without having to open the door. It is also a good idea to see that there are enough outside lights to illuminate those areas where a burglar could hide.
Any windows that are in a state of disrepair should be fixed or replaced as soon as possible, as it is very easy to simply push the pane out of a frame that is decayed. It is also important that any window that is larger than a human head when open be fitted with a safety lock, possibly one that can be seen from the outside. Knowing that the lock is there will make the burglar think twice before attempting to enter.
The best way to make sure that your house really is secure is to look at it the way a burglar would. Any windows or doors that cannot be seen by neighbours, or those that could easily be forced open, should be dealt with immediately, and appropriate measures taken to secure them.