The average burglary costs a homeowner $2800. That’s a family vacation, half a year’s worth of car payments, or a new update you needed to make on your home gone in one moment. You don’t want that. No one does. What can you do about it?
One major thing you may not have thought of yet is to secure your home’s garden. This includes your front and back yards, shed, and any other part of your outdoor property.
Securing your yard and garden works to deter burglars because most burglars are looking for properties with easy access. If your home’s exterior is clearly protected, you’re less likely to be burgled.
Check out these five ways to use your property’s exterior for better home security. Implement them right away to ensure you and your belongings stay safe in your home.
Leverage Your Landscaping
If you’ve been wondering where to plant your rose or holly bushes, near a window might be the best answer. Thorny bushes or plants near your windows will act as a natural deterrent for burglars as they minimize the possible entry and exit points.
Install an Outdoor Surveillance System
A surveillance system on your property will likely cause a potential burglar to think twice before they try to enter, especially if they can clearly see that the cameras are on and working. In fact, the presence of a video surveillance system cuts down your risk of burglary by 50% all by itself. When you pair surveillance with other mitigating factors, you make your home an incredibly tough target for potential home invaders.
Keep Your Garden Well-Lit
Burglars are looking to gain entry to your property without detection. Install motion operated lights around your property and in your garden to disrupt their plans. Not only will the surprise of the sudden exposure likely scare them off, you will have much better visibility on your surveillance cameras as well.
Secure Your Shed
Outdoor sheds look like easy targets to robbers because, well, they often are. Many homeowners don’t keep their tools and yard equipment properly locked up, which makes it readily accessible to those who are looking for items to steal. If you have an outdoor shed, make sure you fit it with a heavy-duty lock. You can also install an alarm system on this small outpost to further deter burglars.
Display Your Security
Indicators of increased security are a major deterrent to intruders. While that “Beware of Dog” sign might help a little, it doesn’t compare to the nearly 60% of burglars who reported they will move on once they see that you have an alarm system installed. This holds true especially among those who have pre-planned the burglary.
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