Home security works from a simple premise: bad guys are lazy. Your goal in safeguarding your home and yard is not to build a fortress, but a deterrence: slow down burglars and they will skip your place for easier pickings. The obstacles you put in the path of bad guys around your home need not be visible, unattractive, or dangerous to your family.
Elements of Home and Yard Security
Protect your home and the valuables you have in your yard with up to five layers of defense:
- Access Gates and Panels
- Outdoor lighting
A fence to keep sticky hands off your yard items will also be the first obstacle a house burglar has to overcome. Your fence can be attractive while still offering security. A steel ornamental fence is a visible barrier that makes many a burglar think twice.
A beautiful steel ornamental fence topped with decorative pointed spear finials does make access to your yard far more challenging than otherwise. Decorative fencing is almost impossible to scale or cut. The picket spacing is safely designed to prevent children from getting their heads stuck, but wide enough that adults’ shoes cannot easily span two pickets. The vertical pickets offer no grip, and the finials discourage climbs over the top.
Chain link fence is also a great option because it is not only an economical solution to keeping unwanted visitors out of your yard, it keeps little children safely within eyesight, can safeguard pools, and can offer privacy with a view. Chain link fence discourages climbing and is very hard to cut through, ensuring that your home is safe.
Access Gates and Panels
Part of home security is reducing the number of uninvited guests to your property. Access gates discourage sales people and fundraisers while also adding prestige and sophistication to your estate.
Gates hinge, panels slide, but both security devices serve to add another layer of difficulty for unwanted visitors. They keep people some distance from your home and help you determine if you want them on your property or not. They also signal your desire for privacy and security.
Motion-activated outdoor lighting protects your property even when you are not home. At night, a burglar does not want to be center stage, beneath the glare of outdoor security lighting. Your home’s front entryway and path, the garage, the driveway, and your backyard could all benefit from having motion-activated outdoor lighting.
Alarms and Cameras
Audible alarms on the premises will send bad guys scurrying, but alarms that automatically call your alarm company are a good back-up. Many systems provide for help for medical emergencies as well as break-ins.
Unobtrusive cameras can digitally record expected activity outside your house, such as package delivery trucks and repair crews. They can also record unanticipated visitors, and those videos are valuable to law enforcement.
Consider a combination of two or more security features:
- Fences and cameras
- Alarms and fencing
- Fences, gates and alarms
Develop a plan that fits your budget and security needs best. We can help you select the right combination of fence material, height, and finish. Contact us today.