Beef up Your Yard’s Security with Tried and Tested Strategies

March 18, 2024 Blog 0 Comment

Burglaries can occur at any time, and thieves often spend considerable time searching for an easy target. Therefore, the more you do to make it difficult for a burglar to get near your home, the safer your house will be. With this in mind, let’s look at some practical tips that will make your home less appealing to thieves.

Outdoor lighting

While break-ins can certainly happen during the day, many burglars prefer to operate under the cloak of darkness. If your front and backyard are bathed in gloom after the sun sets, your house becomes a more enticing target.

Installing sensor lights at strategic locations outside your house is one of the best defences against thieves. The sensors detect movement, and suddenly a spotlight illuminates the entire area. This is enough to send a burglar running for the hills. It’s also a good idea to place garden lighting in various locations throughout the yard. This lighting eliminates shadowy areas where a thief can hide.

Using plants as a defensive barrier

Think about planting spiky plants and shrubs around the perimeter of your home or under the windows. Cacti are another great option. Thieves will shy away from these plants as no one wants to get stabbed by thorns and spikes while trying to gain entry. Thorny rose bushes also work well, and they also look very attractive.

Remove or trim trees

If you have trees growing near your house or your fence that make gaining access easier, you’ll want to either remove the trees or at least trim them back. Tree branches can act as a natural ladder, making it easy for a burglar to either get into your yard over the fence or reach the second floor of a home where a window or balcony door might be open.

Place gravel around your house

If possible, you could place a line of gravel around the perimeter of your house. Gravel is quite noisy when trodden on, and as burglars like to go undetected, they won’t want you and the neighbours to be able to hear them approaching.

Install security cameras

Not only do CCTV cameras act as a fantastic deterrent to thieves, but they also capture footage and solid proof if someone does attempt to break into your home. Position a camera above both the front and back doors, and if your house has a second level, be sure to put a camera or two up there as well. You want the cameras to be visible but also out of reach. You can even install an intercom system, monitor the cameras from inside your house, and speak to anyone who comes near your home uninvited.

Seek professional help

At Smart Security, we’ve got you and your home covered for all the latest security measures, including alarms, cameras and intercom systems. Not only can we make your home safe and secure with the best technology, but our team can also advise you on other measures you can take to deter burglars, so contact us today.