10 Home Security Books to Boost Your Home Safety IQ

Written by | Updated January 5, 2017

Protecting your home and family is one of the most important things you can do. But it’s hard to know if you’re doing the right things to keep your home safe and if what you are doing is enough. Fortunately, you don’t have to navigate the world of home security on your own. Take advantage of the specialized expertise of security professionals in one of our favorite informative books about home security

1. “Essential Home Security: A Layman’s Guide”

This book is a comprehensive guide (Amazon) to assessing your home’s current security, identifying vulnerabilities, and implementing solutions to help make your home as safe as possible. There are illustrations and checklists that make it easy for you to take the information in the book and apply it to your home. The author takes a common-sense approach and covers everything from behavioral tips to monitored home security solutions.


2. “Practical Home Security: A Guide to Safer Urban Living”

In this book, personal security expert Alex Haddox shares what he’s learned from first-hand experiences (Amazon). He presents simple home security protocols that are easy to apply and won’t break the bank. With an emphasis on situational and environmental awareness, the book is designed to keep you and your home from becoming targets in the first place.




3. “Kick Ass Home Security!”

If you’re a DIY fanatic, you’ll love this home security book. The majority of it focuses on how to make your home less appealing to burglars with simple fixes you can do yourself. You will gain insight into how burglars think and get plenty of recommendations on how to make them skip your house. The Kindle edition of the book includes links to the product pages of items like locks and alarm systems that the author, a retired police officer, recommends.


4. “How to Be Invisible: Protect Your Home, Your Children, Your Assets, and Your Life”

This home security book goes beyond door locks and security cameras to explore how to protect your privacy in a world where nearly everything is accessible online. Author J.J. Luna, a security consultant, shares tips on how to protect everything in your life, from personal banking information to your home address. By including the ways private investigators and criminals find and use personal information, you’ll gain valuable insight into how you can avoid becoming a victim.


5. “The Home Security Handbook: Expert Advice for Keeping Safe at Home (And Away)”

Using interviews with law enforcement, this book provides tips and information about how to deal with everyday safety concerns. In addition with how to keep criminals out, this book also explores how to protect your family and valuables if someone unwanted does find a way into your home. The book lays out concrete security solutions and tells you exactly why and when you should employ each one.



6. “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Home Security”

If you’ve ever been confused by the array of options available when it comes to home security systems, this guide will help clear things up. It discusses affordable safety measures you can install yourself, and also explains the features and differences of many professional alarm systems. You’ll also get worksheets with this book, which are designed to help you assess your specific security needs and identify the type of surveillance that will best suit your home’s needs.


7. “The Complete Home Security Guide”

Even though this was written for an audience in the UK, this books offers a great introduction to home security no matter where you live. The author details how to use natural boundaries, like hedges, to add an extra layer of protection to your home, as well as the value of security cameras and motion sensors. It also explores the implications home security has on home insurance. Charts, checklists, photos, and a comprehensive glossary are included to make the information understandable and easy to put into action.

8. “How to Be Safe: Survival Tactics to Protect Yourself, Your Home, Your Business and Your Family”

Expanding beyond home security, this book delves into how to deal with muggers and stalkers, as well as burglars. It offers tips on how to protect your home while on vacation, how to stay safe during your morning run, and even how to protect your kids from bullies. This is a comprehensive resource full of proven tactics to scare off the bad guys and keep your home, information, and loved ones from harm of all kinds.



9. “Prepper’s Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary”

When you read this book, you’ll enjoy a broad overview of every aspect of home security from perimeter defense to watch dogs and safe rooms. There is an emphasis on planning for security in the event of a disaster, but many of the recommendations are applicable for day-to-day life. One of the most unique things about this resource is the focus on having the appropriate mindset to do what it takes to protect your home and family in every situation.


10. “Home Defense 101 – How To Defend Against A Home Invasion”

This is a basic home defense primer. Whether you are comfortable with having weapons in your home or not, this book has a home defense solution that fits your personal preferences and keeps your family safe. Using home invasion scenarios, the author breaks down what victims could have done differently to have better outcomes or avoid becoming victims altogether. This is a good guide to help your family put together a defense strategy that makes sense for you.

These are all great books to read to help you be as safe and secure as possible. SafeWise also offers additional resources to help you make sure you’re not leaving anything to chance with your home security.

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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