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5 Tips To Improve Your Home Security Outdoors

We live in a world full of amazing people capable of great charity and goodness, and most people will generally choose to do the right thing in most situations.

On the other hand, there is a minority of the population that would just as soon steal your wallet as look you in the eye. Hey, there’s a reason that the doors on your home have locks. After all, it’s your responsibility to make sure that your property and your family are protected from the criminals of the world.

As such, you need to make sure that your home is protected but what about the area around your home?

The area that surrounds your house is often significantly less-well defended than the house itself, and criminals may choose to take advantage of that particular vulnerability to gain a foothold for further home intrusion.

But don’t worry; there are things that you can do to help keep your outdoor area from being the weakest link in your home-defence chain. Here are five tips to get you started.

1. Improve Your Outdoor Lighting

Invest in outdoor lighting, and arrange it in such a way as to minimise shadows around possible entry points.

Going hand in hand with overgrown shrubs and dense foliage, shadows are a favourite hiding spot for intruders. If your yard is plunged into darkness every evening, then criminals won’t have to worry about finding good cover.

Invest in outdoor lighting, and arrange it in such a way as to minimise shadows around possible entry points.

If you don’t like the idea of having to leave lights on all night, then consider purchasing and implementing motion sensor lights. This way, you’ll not only save more money on electricity than you would if you were to have your outdoor lights running for eight hours a day, but you’ll also have the added bonus of being able to startle any potential burglars who may be approaching your house.

2. Keep Your Plants Trimmed

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An intruder is most vulnerable to detection when they’re already on your property, but not yet inside your home. Unless they have a good reason to be looking in through windows or trying various doors, they will certainly appear suspicious to any and all passersby. This means that criminals will prefer to enter yards or gardens with lots of hiding spots.

Keeping plants trimmed down, especially near doors and windows, will help eliminate a criminal’s natural cover, and make it much less likely for them to take the chance.

3. Get A Security Sign

Homes which contain home security systems are less likely to be burglarised.

It’s a proven fact that homes which contain home security systems are less likely to be burglarised1.

But why wait until the burglar gets into your home before letting them know that you have an alarm installed?

By prominently displaying a sign in your yard that warns potential criminals about what kind of trouble is in store for them should they break into your home, you can effectively prevent most crimes before they even occur. Of course, if you can’t afford a home alarm system, you can still probably afford a sign that indicates that you have one.

4. Don’t Let Post/Newspapers Pile Up

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There’s nothing more inviting to burglars than an obviously-empty house. Most residents know this, which is why when they head out of town on holiday, they like to leave a few lights on.

However, while this may help present the appearance that the house is occupied, if your yard is full of tell-tale signs of vacancy, then the overall illusion becomes entirely ineffective. Newspapers piled up by your front door, and post overflowing from your post box are both key indicators that no one is currently at home.

Consider asking a neighbour to pick up your newspapers and mail for you, or contacting the newspaper providers or post office directly and having them suspend your service until you return.

5. Never Hide Spare Keys

There are few things worse than not being able to get into your home when you need to, which is why many residents choose to hide a secondary house key somewhere in their yard.

Don’t give criminals an easy way into your house; instead, consider giving a spare key to a trusted neighbour.

Unfortunately, one of the things that is worse, is having a burglar discover your spare key and then using it to get into your home. You may think that you’re being clever by placing a key under the welcome mat or inside a fake plastic rock in your garden, but realise that most burglars have enough experience to know exactly where to look.

Don’t give criminals an easy way into your house; instead, consider giving a spare key to a trusted neighbour. This way, if you do get locked outside, you’ll have access to a key without giving criminals access as well.

If you are wanting to feel secure about your home contents, look at getting contents insurance. Be sure to get the right home & contents cover for you and get a quote with Budget Direct.

If you found this article informative, read Guide To Avoiding Risky Situations: Home Theft.

 

1 Australian Residential Security: http://www.residentialsecurity.com.au/crimestats.html