I've just about finished remodeling a house and I'm getting ready to move in. From a prepping standpoint it is a really bad location. It's right in the middle of town with lots of neighbors. The neighborhood also has the perception of being a rough area because it's primarily a low income working class neighborhood. In reality it isn't any worse than any of the other neighborhoods in town, but my friends are all concerned about theft and have been suggesting I be proactive. While I don't agree with their perception of the neighborhood (I grew up in the neighborhood and it's actually safer than most of the neighborhoods my friends live in), they do have a point about me needing to be proactive with home security. I figure while I'm wrapping up the remodeling and landscaping this would be a great time to work on home security, which is something I need to do regardless of the neighborhood. So I'm looking for some ideas here! I've thought about video surveillance? It wouldn't be any good for stopping anyone but it might help catch a thief. So is it worth it? I also need some ideas for securing the windows that doesn't include bars. I want something covert that doesn't make my house look like a prison. I need some ideas for the yard as well in order to limit or control foot traffic in the back. I'm already planning a hedge row for the back yard to give me some privacy, but that also gives bad people lots of cover.