Burglars have many ways to invade your home, but some homeowners forget their property is much more than just the house itself. Backyards are often treasure troves for burglars looking for a quick score, and most backyards also offer concealment and quiet for a thief looking to break into a home. While your home security system is designed to protect your home, there are a few easy steps you can take to extend the security effect to your backyard and deter criminals from stepping foot on your property.
Exterior Lights and Motion Sensors
Burglars benefit from darkness. Many homeowners have floodlights covering their front and back yards, but if you’re like me, you tend to shut those lights off when you go to bed because they’re always shining through your bedroom window. Motion-activated lights remove the nuisance of a constant bright light outside your window while alerting you to anyone moving on your property. Sensors should cover doors, walkways leading to a door, as well as the corners of your home.
Cameras play a huge role in home security and personal peace of mind. Our home security cameras can be used for anything from checking in on pets when you’re at the office to providing evidence after a break-in, but they’re also an effective deterrent to crime. Exterior lights will make any criminal think twice, but a visible camera will send almost any burglar looking for an easier target. Our home surveillance packages give you the ability to check interior and exterior cameras from your smartphone. So even when you’re on the go, you know your home is safe.
Beef Up Physical Security
You can’t have a monitored security system for your backyard, but you can strengthen its security. It’s easy to forget to latch the gate on your fence or to leave the tool shed unlocked for the night, but either of these can put you at risk for a burglary. Add a self-locking mechanism to your fence gate, and make sure it can’t be reached from the outside. Use a padlock or keypad to secure tools, grilling equipment and machinery in your shed. These are your first line of defense, but a determined criminal can beat physical security locks, so it’s important to combine these tools with a robust home security system.
Show Off Your System
We’re happy to provide each of our customers with a yard sign telling your neighbors (and any passing burglars) that your home is protected by Crime Prevention Security Systems. A home security system is one of the best deterrents for burglary, and you shouldn’t hesitate to let people know that you’re protected by the best in the business.