Sure, your home is number one when it comes to security, but what about the rest of your property? What about your garage, your toolshed, or even your highly revered yard? Security shouldn’t stop once you have a home security system installed in your home. While it’ll help keep your family safe, there are other things you can do to help make sure that your entire property is safe and secure from any burglars or intruders.
Consider these six tips when you’re thinking about the overall security of your property. Are you making sure everything is up-to-par?
1. Identify the Important Stuff
Everyone’s property is different, along with what they feel is important. Some may tend religiously to a perfectly green yard, or maybe they enjoy fixing up old muscle cars in the garage. Whatever it is you hold dear, protect it. Evaluate where you need and want more security on your property.
2. Shine a Little Light
Install outdoor lighting around your property. You may already have lights outside the doors of your house, but all windows are plausible break-in points. Obviously, you don’t want to shine a light in through the windows, especially at night, but you can give light to the general area, and possibly to multiple windows at once, by installing lighting on the top corners of each outside wall of your house, overlooking the entire wall.
3. Be Modest About Your Personal Belongings
Every crime has a motive, especially burglaries. Most burglars find reason to believe that their chosen house has something they want. Be cautious about what you leave outside of your home, and what you put on display. For example, you might want to think twice before you set an empty TV box at the end of the driveway. It’s a dead giveaway that you have something new and expensive. Wait until the morning or trash day to put these kinds of things out by the road.
4. Get a Glimpse
While installing a full network of security cameras around your property is going to help deter unwanted visitors and
record any unfortunate events, should they happen, this could be a little pricey. If that’s an issue, it would be wise to still consider having cameras set up, even if they’re decoys. Cameras are natural deterrents, and even having a fake camera system may be enough to shoo away burglars and home invasion threats.
5. Double Down on Locking Up
Doubling down on your home security can make all the difference. Consider adding extra locks to your doors, accessible only from the inside that can help keep others out of the house. Locks shouldn’t stop at doors, though. Make sure that all of your windows have working locks that are only accessible from the inside.
6. Fence Yourself In
Even if you have a small yard, you should consider installing a fence along the outside of your property. This not only lets others know where property lines exist, but also helps keep people, and wild animals, out of your yard and away from your home. If you already have a fence, you may want to take a close look at it to make sure it’s still in good shape.
There’s no such thing as too much home security. If you’re thinking about upping the security on your entire property, we can help get things going. Give us a call or fill out our contact form and we'll see what we can do for you!