How to make your home secure on the outside
When it comes to preventing burglary, it’s important to pay attention to the security of the outside of your house as well as the inside. Burglary is an opportunistic crime, so if your home presents itself as unoccupied and insecure, it’s far more likely to be targeted. One of the best ways to understand your home’s existing security level is to view it as a burglar would. Have a good look around to see which areas are easiest to access and think about how you can improve them.
Keeping the outside of your home secure can be easily done, it takes just a little time and effort. To get you started, here are some of our top tips:
Fit security lighting to the front and back of your property. This can either be dusk-to-dawn lighting which turns on and stays on once it becomes dark, or a motion sensor light that comes on once it detects movement.
Keep an eye on your garden and make sure the greenery around your home is maintained and trimmed back so you get maximum visibility to and from your home. Cut back tree limbs and branches to prevent thieves from climbing in through windows – and remember to lock away any garden tools and ladders, as the sight of this equipment may encourage a burglar to break in.
Gates and fences
If you have garden gates you should ensure that these are always locked. Strong, lockable and high gates should be your first choice across the passageway to stop thieves getting to the back of your home. And by fitting trellis to the top of garden fences, you’re making it more difficult for potential thieves to climb over.
Garages and sheds
Never leave garages and sheds unlocked. By doing so, you’re also supplying the burglar with tools to break into your home. Make sure your garage and shed doors are strong and very secure, particularly if the garage has an adjoining door into your home.
The best deterrent of all
Finally, we’d recommend that your home is secured by a monitored alarm and make sure the alarm box is fitted in a visible place. When we asked reformed burglars what would deter them from breaking into a property, 93% put an ADT monitored alarm at the top of their list.
So how secure is the outside of your home?