Despite spending thousands of dollars protecting your home from burglars, you may still be at a high risk of being the victim of burglary.
That may sound shocking but when people think about protecting their home they think about stopping people from getting inside, and naturally most home security systems focus on protecting the inside of your abode.
That means that anything that’s outside in your yard, even if it is as big as your smoker from Charcoal Smokers – Smoky Goodness Barbecue, is still very much at risk from being stolen. So your days of cooking SmokyGoodnessBBQ.com – St. Louis Ribs could be numbered if you don’t take steps to protect the surroundings of your home too.
Here’s some of the things you should consider. Stay one step ahead of the burglar!
There’s not a more simple but effective security system to protect your back yard than sensor lighting. If a thief decides to approach your home to test it’s suitability for being burgled, having a light illuminate him before he even gets close is a sure-fire deterrent to send him scampering.
The way these work is simple. When motion is detected, the light turns on and stays on from between 1 to 15 seconds, depending on the pre-set timer. The light automatically turns off unless it continues to sense movement.
Sensor lighting is particularly effective if you have heavily foliage in your garden, because the light can illuminate hiding spots. Spotting a hooded stranger crouched down behind your hedge may be terrifying, but it’s even more scary to know that someone had been there and you didn’t even know about it.
Sensor lights are generally inexpensive to install, and should be placed over 8ft from the ground in places like the entrance to your garden.
Don’t leave things out
If a burglar has not been deterred by your sensor lighting and has got into your back yard, the next thing he will probably do is survey the belongings around him to either steal or use.
Most of us don’t think about putting away grills, smokers or tools and ladders during periods where we are unlikely to use them, but just because something is in your garden doesn’t mean it is safe and secure. So during the winter months, store your barbecue possessions and tools in your shed or garage. Putting expensive possessions inside will obviously make them more safe from being stolen and putting tools away also ensures that any would-be thief doesn’t find any help in trying to break into your home.
Routinely lock your doors
The easiest way for a thief to get inside your yard is through the door. But far too often, home-owners become complacent and forget to lock doors that lead to their garden, thinking the area they are living in is safe and secure and then boom, unexpectedly, they are burgled.
You should never be burgled because you forgot to lock the yard gate or left the fence door open. It can be easy to forget as we all live very busy lives, so make locking everything up a routine that you never skimp on. If you have kids, get them to help. Give them a designated day when it’s their turn to batten down the hatches.