One of the biggest concerns that homeowners have is home security. There are millions of property crimes every year, and we homeowners do everything that we can to make sure that we are not part of that statistic. However, did you know that there are some things you may be doing that are increasing your chances of theft and burglary? One example is that tall, solid fences may increase your chances of a home break-in as this can give burglaries something to hide behind. Additionally, overgrown shrubs and bushes can create the same opportunities.
Ultimately, there are many misconceptions around how to keep your home secure, so we decided to write a quick post that gives some tried and true suggestions on how to keep your home safe.
1. Get an Indoor Dog
No matter the size of the dog that you get, research suggestions that having an indoor dog will both prevent break-ins as well as quickly dispell of any intruders that decide to try their hand at entering your house. Former burglar when interviewed said that a barking dog was one of the biggest deterrents to them breaking into a home.
2. Lock all Doors and Windows
One of the second biggest deterrents for burglars was locked windows. There are plenty of burglaries that happen as a result of people just forgetting to lock their doors and windows. So, the next time you open the window to get some fresh air or don't think to lock their door on your quick trip to the grocery store, make sure to remember to lock it. That could be the difference between being burglarized and not.
3. Keep the outside of your house lit at night
This is just one tip that falls into the general trend of making it look like someone is home, but when it gets dark out it is good practice to leave an outdoor light on. The reason being is two-fold. First, it makes it look like someone is home and instills doubt in a burglars mind about whether or not to break in. Second, when the outside of a house is dark, the burglars are less able to be seen and feel more hidden which increases their chances of them taking action. So, if it's not already, try to make it a habit of turning a light on at night, as well as install some motion sensor lights if you can.
4. Get a secure, open style fence
Next, and this is where we come in, one of the best things you can do to stop burglars dead in their tracks is to get a tall, transparent fence such as chain link, barbed wire, or wrought iron. If you want to make it even more secure, make sure you choose the sharper options on the top (such as wrought iron coming to a point) to deter them climbing., The reason that these types of fences are recommended is that they create security around the perimeter of your home without offering any hiding places that solid fences can provide. Even if someone manages to climb your fence, they can still be seen from the outside which makes them feel less hidden. Additionally, these fencing options are one of the few ways to protect the border of your home without making your house look too intimidating. It's a great way to mix style and elegance with home security.
5. Get and advertise home security systems
Lastly, it's a great idea to have home security systems installed, as well as to announce that you have them via a small sign. Some people may be concerned that this creates a challenge for potential burglars, but most burglars didn't star in oceans 11, and for those who didn't, it is definitely a deterrent. These systems range in price, but nowadays there are many options in regards to home security that you can install yourself, so make sure to invest in this as well as advertise it outside your home.
Overall, I hope that you found this article helpful and that you will start implementing some of these tactics now! If you need a quote on a new wrought iron fence for your house, please don't hesitate to give us a call or email me, thanks for reading!