The backyard is one of the most overlooked places when it comes to the safety and security of your home. Statistics show that 22% of burglars use the back door to enter a home and another 23% climbed in through first-floor windows. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of safety tips to help you secure your backyard in minutes and prevent burglaries.
5) Lock away tools
Burglars have been known to use homeowners’ tools to break-in. This can include crowbars, screwdrivers, hammers and even a ladder (to gain access to second-floor windows).
A burglar may carry their own crowbar however since most burglaries are committed at the “spur of the moment”, locking away your tools in a shed will deter the opportunists. If you have an outdoor shed, a pick proof lock is a great investment. If not, storing them in the garage is the next best thing.
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4) Remove cover
Showing your backyard some TLC can prevent a burglary. This is supported by 2 different facts: the first being that burglars seek cover to avoid getting caught. If your yard is well concealed from view, it can easily become a target. The cover gives the burglar more time to prowl around undetected.
The second being the broken windows theory which suggests that signs of neglect like overgrown lawns or excessive rubbish can encourage antisocial behaviour in others. In simple terms, if you don’t respect your property, burglars will not either. To learn more about the theory click here.
3) Check Your Fence
Depending on the size of your property, you may have a gap in your fence which you’re not aware of. Even a small hole can give a burglar the chance to scope out your backyard before entering. More commonly, wooden fences tend to fall apart with age so if you have the funds, an upgrade may be a good idea.
Following the broken window theory mentioned above, repairing any damage right away is likely to deter a break in. The height of the fence is also something to consider. If your fence is waist height or low enough to jump over, having a larger fence installed is advisable.
2) Use Barbed Wire
This may not be an option for everyone but installing barbed wire will make your yard a fortress. Not only is it extremely difficult to climb over, it also sends a clear message to any potential burglars that you have taken the time to secure your backyard and home.
After all, if you have barbed wire surrounding your property, what kind of measures can they expect inside? If you choose to opt for this method, remember to do the same for any doors leading from your front yard. Otherwise, the burglars could simply walk around it.
1) Install Home Security
More than half of burglars interviewed said the presence of visible home security (specifically cameras) would halt a burglar in their tracks. In fact, visible security was rated as a better deterrent than a dog on the property!
This is likely because it targets the burglar’s biggest fear – being caught or recognised. Most modern security systems also send a silent alarm and record everything to the cloud where it cannot be deleted even if the camera is destroyed.
Securing your yard is an important foundation for the overall safety of your home and family. Following the simple steps above is relatively easy and will prevent thousands of dollars in potential losses.