The following yard security ideas, tips and techniques will help you protect the property that surrounds your home.
The purpose of this type of protection is to deter intruders from approaching your home. It should also notifying you the moment someone has trespassed on your property. This type of external security measure is also commonly referred to as yard safety.
Chain-Link Security Fence - A security fence around your yard and lawn with a solid gate that’s kept locked is a great idea. It will keep intruders out. Do not install a wooden fence however. It may look good, but it can also provide cover for burglars. A better choice is a chain-link fence. They're strong and durable. They also provide the added benefit of high visibility. They provide better yard security because burglars can’t hide behind them. Make sure that the trees and shrubs on your property are well trimmed. There are two good reasons for this.
If there are trees near your windows, cut off the lower branches. As a rule, branches above the six-foot mark are fine. This approach makes for better yard safety.
Home Security System Equipment - Prevent access to the first floor windows by growing prickly plants directly bellow the windows. Consider rose bushes. You may not consider rose bushes as typical DIY home security system equipment, but in this case, they are. They’re full of painful thorns and a burglar would think twice before painfully tangling himself up. As a side note, make sure that any trees you have growing near your home have their lower branches cut off. Trees can be climbed and (if close enough) can provide burglars easy access to the upper floor of a home. Allow for a clearance of seven to eight feet.
Home Security Stickers And Signs - Get home security stickers and signs for your front yard and windows. Even if you don’t have a security system installed in your home, you can create the illusion that you do. The mere possibility that the home has an alarm system and a video surveillance system recording every motion is enough to scare most intruders away.
Home Security Ideas - With a little imagination you can create highly effective yet simple home security ideas. You can get a “Beware of Dog” sign and put it on your front lawn. Then get a big dog dish with water, and a huge dog bone and leave them on your front porch. Place them where they will be highly visible. Even if you don’t own a dog, you can give burglars and intruders the illusion that you own a really big dog. A dog dish and a dog bone can become home security equipment if you know how to use them. These ideas are really easy-to-implement and do not cost a lot.
Motion Detector Floodlight - Consider installing a motion detector floodlight on your property. The moment it detects movement, it illuminates the night and exposes the source of the movement. These work great over doorways and backyard. Another option you can consider is installing security lights on the exterior of your home to provide ample illumination for all the doors and windows. These type of lights are usually controlled by a photoelectric cell and automatically turn on the moment it gets dark outside. Intruders don’t want to be seen. They prefer to do their work in the dark. Lots of big bright lights and/or motion detecting lights are one of the best ways to deter them. This type of DIY yard safety feature is highly recommended.
And on a final yard security note...
Shed Security - Garden sheds are prime targets for burglars and thieves. This is especially true if they're stand-alone structures located far away from the house. Practice good shed security. Keep them locked at all times.