Eight Easy Ways to Secure Your Garden
Most often people will think about security for the front of their homes. It is common to see lighting, fencing, and nicely landscaped shrubs in a front garden. However, the back garden is a more vulnerable point of entry for thieves. Here are eight easy ways to secure the garden and protect their home and belongings.
- Install a 6 foot fence. Installing a 6 foot tall fence and adding a trellis at the top will deter most opportunists from scaling the fence. A trellis is easy to break and noisy, so most burglars would avoid climbing a fence that has this at the top.
- Secure back gates with a sturdy lock. Alleyways are usually less populated than front walks if there is a back gate, be sure it can be secured with a deadbolt or lock and chain this will keep trespassers from using low traffic areas to gain entry to the garden. Also make sure that all side or back entry gates are at least the same height as the fence and are secured with bolts to the fence posts. Be certain that locks are positioned so that they cannot be reached from over the fence.
- Use plantings as deterrents. Use natural deterrents around the perimeter of the property such as climbing rose bushes, Hawthorne or Holly. Thorns and spikes will deter most any opportunist criminal from passage into a garden.
- Use gravel in the garden and on pathways, it is noisy when walked upon and can serve as an alert of a trespasser in the garden.
- Install security lighting near entry points of the home, garage, shed, and gates. Burglars prefer to remain unnoticed and bright lighting will act as a deterrent. To save energy install dusk to dawn lighting. These are low energy consumption products that turn on automatically at dusk and turn off automatically at dawn.
- Keep the garden tidy. Keep ladders and wheelie bins inside a shed or garage to keep them from being used to scale fences or gain access to windows of the home.
- Remove enticing objects. Keep expensive bicycles inside the home or garage. The same goes for expensive tools and equipment. If there is nothing lying around to entice a burglar chances are they won’t take a chance on gaining entry.
- Finally don’t use barbed wire or broken glass on your fence as a deterrent. This can harm animals and the homeowner will be held legally responsible if a person is harmed by this material on their property.
Following these simple and easy steps will keep burglars at bay.