Outdoor security tips
Last updated: 2.11pm, Thursday 30th August 2018
Many people believe that by securing their homes they are sufficiently protected, however burglars nowadays can play on the lack of outdoor security to their advantage. In this article we will go through some of the easy and efficient ways for you to increase outdoor security and protect your property further.
Install motion sensor lights – burglars love the dark, by installing motion sensor lights this will draw attention to your property if anyone trespasses or is attempting to gain access to your home. These work well as a deterrent for burglars as they will not want attention being drawn to them in case they get caught.
Ensure outdoor buildings have sufficient locks installed onto them – old rusty padlocks are easily broken and therefore do not offer much in the way of securing the belongings inside. By maintaining the locks, and having strong windows installed, this eliminates the opportunity of easy access to these buildings.
Lock away all tools, ladders and gardening equipment – not only is this an easy opportunity for thieves to steal the equipment if left out, but many burglars will now use your own tools to break into the home. All of the tools, ladders and equipment’s should be secured adequately to prevent this from happening.
Make sure that your gate and fence security is up to scratch – having broken fence panels or insufficiently secured gates allows burglars to scope out the area and even gain access to your property. They can then use this knowledge to find access points they deem weak to your home, which puts your belongings and family at risk. Gates should have two different locks installed at different heights to ensure that burglars cannot reach over and unlock it from the other side. Fence panels should be the same height as the adjoining gates, to prevent anyone gaining access by easily climbing over. Installing anti-climb spikes on top of fences and gates will also decrease the likelihood or your home being targeted as these will make gaining access particularly difficult. You will need to put up a notice to warn that these have been installed in order to stay on the right side of the law, however these are legal and are long-lasting.
Trim back hedges – burglars love to target homes which appear hidden off from the rest of the street. If your home has high hedges which block the view of your home, this is seen as a benefit to burglars as they believe they will be able to gain access without alerting neighbours or passers-by. Similarly, keeping your garden well maintained makes potential thieves aware that the home is well-kept. A garden that looks un-kept creates the illusion that the home is either unoccupied or not regularly looked after and some burglars may take this as an opportunity to target the home.
Plant thorny/spikey bushes and shrubs by any place which you still believe someone to possibly gain access through. No burglar wants to land in a bed of thorns as their screams will probably draw attention to them. Again, this is a simple, yet effective deterrent for burglars.
Having all of these measures in place to protect your property should warn off any potential thieves from targeting your home. Of course it is just as vital to secure your home as it is the outside of the property, which is why we would recommend having a home safe installed. This way, if the worst were to happen and somehow someone did manage to gain access to your property, the important things will be protected regardless.