Security Tips for Your Home and Garden

It should be obvious to everyone that a good deadbolt lock is necessary to secure your outside doors at your home.  Sliding glass doors can be made more secure by using a bar that prevent opening the slider.  Windows too need to have secure locks to prevent them from being opened.  A thief will think twice before breaking the glass because the noise will attract attention.

Outside lights near the front and back entrances will help keep thieves away.  Motion sensor lights also work well.  Dark corners of the property can be illuminated with new solar lighting so you don’t need to go to the expense of installing electrical wiring.

Be sure to draw your drapes in the evening to keep prying eyes from looking in.  You also do not want to have any valuable objects visible through the windows to tempt crooks.

If you plan to be away from home for a period of time on vacation or business or whatever, be sure to either stop your mail and newspaper deliveries or have a trusted friend or neighbor collect them.  If you have a trusted neighbor it is a good idea to let them know you will not be at home and ask them to keep an eye on your property for you.

Many thieves will bypass a home with either a barking dog or a security system or both.

A gravel walkway will make a crunching noise so you will be able to hear someone approaching your home.  Prickly bushes beside a fence may keep someone from climbing over the fence risking an encounter with these bushes.

Avoid large shrubbery in front of the windows or doors  at  your home so thieves cannot hid in them.

Expensive lawn furniture, toys and tools can be secured in a shed equipped with a good secure waterproof hasp and padlock.  Other furniture and large equipment may be secured using a ground anchor, lock and chain or reinforced wire.

The more uninviting you make your home in the eyes of a thief the more secure your home will be.  Thieves will go to the home they think presents the least problems with  the easiest entrance.