Outdoor Home Safety Tips

Steps you can take on the exterior of your home to help protect it

People spend a lot of time and money trying to help protect their home from burglary. It is the one place that you should be able to feel safe and like you are protected. Security systems have been in effect for hundreds of years. They date all the way back to medieval times when kings and nobles would have moats surrounding their castles to prevent intruders from gaining access to their property. Home safety will likely always be a concern unless crime completely stops. Luckily, the technology involved in protecting your home has advanced quite a bit since the days of moats, archers and drawbridges.

With the advent of affordable home security systems, home safety has really taken a huge leap. Millions of homeowners across the country have had them installed to aide them in helping protect their home against fire and theft. Motion sensors can be put all over the house along with cameras to let you know in real time what is going on in your home. Many people overlook a huge area of their home when they are helping protect it, the exterior of the home. There are many security devices that can be used on the outside of a home, as well as measures that can be taken to help make your home less appealing to potential burglars. Here are some important steps you can take on the exterior of your home to help protect it.

Landscaping

If you have bushes or shrubbery on the outside of your home do not let them grow too tall near the windows and doors. The number one goal of a burglar is to not get caught, and tall shrubs and bushes can give them a great place to hide while they case out your house.

Lights

The entryways to your home should be well-lit for the same reason. You can even go one step further and have motion sensing lights installed outside your home that will light up if someone walks by them. Some security systems can sync with your smartphone so you can turn on and off lights while you are away.

Cameras

If you have a security system with cameras, have them installed on the exterior of your home as well. The best place to have them installed is over the entry points to your home. Just the sight of these could deter a burglar from trying to gain entry to your home. They can be a great step towards home safety.

The shed

A shed is one of the most popular places for a thief to attack. It is usually filled with valuable tools and machinery that they can turn for a profit. It may be wise to have your security system monitor this part of your property as well.

Walk the grounds

If you have a large property it may have wooded areas, ponds and streams. This can be a common place for criminals to commit crimes or get rid of evidence. Make sure that you walk your property as much as possible and know it as well as you can. This will help you alert authorities if you think anything suspicious is happening on your property.

Following these steps can lead to a much safer home for you and your family. The exterior of your home is the first line of defense that you have against burglars and vandals. But, for some reason, people tend to ignore it when they are designing their security systems. There are many home safety products available to those who wish to enhance the protection of their home on the exterior.

The best way to help fully protect your home is to have a professional home security system installed. If you already have a security system in your home you may want to make sure that it is up-to-date. Schedule a consultation with a Protect Your Home representative. We will be able to advise you one what security system is the best for your home and your lifestyle.

 

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