When most people think about home security, they tend to focus on locks, alarms, and cameras. While these safeguards are essential, there are many other things you can do to prevent break-ins — without having to invest a lot of money.

For example, start by reviewing your landscaping. Well maintained landscaping can be a powerful deterrent to burglars. Overgrown trees and bushes provide perfect hiding spots for potential intruders. So, keep shrubs trimmed and ensure tree branches don’t offer easy access to upper-level windows.

Lighting is also important. A well-lit exterior can make your home an unattractive target for burglars. That doesn’t mean you need to illuminate your home like a Christmas tree 24/7! Instead, consider motion-activated lighting. It not only conserves energy but can startle and deter anyone trying to sneak around your property.

There is another simple piece of advice most homeowners know but sometimes forget. If you’re away on vacation, don’t let your property scream “No one’s home!” Hold your mail and newspaper deliveries. Ask a neighbor to pick up flyers dropped at your front door. And, don’t advertise your absence on social media by posting holiday pictures while you’re away!

The bottom line: Don’t rely entirely on gadgets and systems. Take a more comprehensive approach to home security and you’ll have more peace of mind when you’re away.