Danger In Your Own Backyard
Most aspects of home security are common sense. You lock your windows. You use deadbolts. You try to keep your house well lit at night. Some of you plant rose bushes in front of your windows to keep out the unfriendly folks who might want to stop by your house.
But what about everything that is outside your house, and specifically, in your backyard?
One way to stop robbers from getting into your backyard is a fence. There are many different types of fences: chain link, wood, cast iron, or cinder blocks just to name a few. But the material doesn’t matter as much as how the fence is made. Many people build their fence so when they sit in their back yard, they have a nice view of wood pickets. But this leaves the home owner open to a problem that could be pretty costly.
When a wooden fence is built with the 2×4 supports on the outside of the fence, this gives a robber steps that make hopping your fence really easy. Once they’re over your fence, all they have to do is unlock the gate latch and carry your new grill, patio furniture, or whatever their little heart desires out of your backyard. Also, once they’re in your back yard, they can have time to work their way into your house under the cover of your fence, day or night. The lesson to be learned here is this: your fence is supposed to protect your house. Whether you have someone else build it or build it yourself, make sure that it’s built to protect you and your home as much as possible.
Another idea to help secure you back yard is to install lights in the backyard so that it is well lit at night. There are several affordable options on the market. One is a photoelectric light that comes on at night and switches off in the morning. Motion lights are also a popular selection for outdoor security lighting. Motion lights give you the added security of a well-lit backyard without running up the electric bill.
The next time you’re at home, check your backyard for the following security weaknesses, and do what you can to correct them.
- Does your fence keep burglars out or encourage them to come in? Go out onto the street or the alley and “case” your house just like a burglar would. Is your yard easy to get into? How can you make it more burglar-resistant?
- Are you using simple security devices — padlocks on gates, door locks, grates, etc. — to make your property as difficult to access as possible?
- Is your backyard well-lit? Burglars work best in the comfort of darkness. Exterior lights (either on all the time or motion-activated), mounted out of easy reach, eliminate the darkness that burglars love so much.
- Are any of your valuables (your computer, your silver collection, etc.) easy to see from outside your house? Rearrange them. Removing the temptation to break in can be just as important as installing physical barriers to breaking in.
- Do you have a home security system? A home security system is a very effective deterrent to burglary, and Ener-Tel security systems alert local authorities when they go off, so should someone break in, the police are on the way.
Research shows that if it takes more than four or five minutes to break into a home, the burglar will give up and head to his next target. Be sure you’re doing everything you can to make your home as tough to get into as possible.
Any of our home security experts would be happy to talk to you about how to protect your home… give us a call.