If you were to believe everything you read on the news, you might think that we are all under attack from those that wish us harm. There are people out there who think nothing of taking your property if the get the chance. Thankfully, intruders who will hurt you are not as numerous. I believe that sensible precautions and protection can be enough to deter the wrongdoers and encourage them to move along to a softer target. That might seem unfair on the other people, but there is nothing to stop them taking the same steps to safeguard their family and property.
Here is a rundown of my recommendations. I hope you find that your home features them already. There is a reason it is called common sense.
- The fence is on the front line of protection. You don’t have to turn your home into a fort; wooden panels are enough to keep prying eyes out of your garden. If somebody cannot see what is on the other side of the fence, it is unlikely that they will climb over it. Of course, it is also an attractive feature too. Concrete posts will last a lifetime, but timber ones will rot after a few years. Which one choice is the best investment? I go for concrete every time. Though there is no need to fortify the barrier with barbed wire, I use it at the end of my yard that backs on to woodland. Anybody who puts their hand on it will get a nasty shock.
- Make sure that a sturdy lock protects your garden shed. As the police will attest, there are many thefts of garden equipment.
- The exterior doors of your home must be robust and in excellent condition. The door locks must meet the insurance industry minimum standard so that you know they are up to the job if anybody tries to break in. My doors have a spy hole and a chain. I can see if there is a stranger out there and apply the chain to stop them forcing entry.
- Fit locks to the windows. They are available to retrofit, or you could replace the handles with a lockable alternative. Even if you live in a second-floor bachelor pad you are not safe from a determined burglar who knows there is something valuable in your home, and windows are a usual entry point.
- Buy a wireless alarm and install it in only a few hours. If you can use a screwdriver and a drill, you will have no problem mounting the sensors, control panel, and exterior box for the sounder. The kits are within the price range of almost anybody these days, and you can add extra detectors when you can afford them. The alarm will give you peace of mind that your property is safe when you are out, and the panic buttons will add to your feeling of security when you are home alone.
It doesn’t take much to deter a thief or intruder. If they are determined to get in whatever the obstacle or cos, you are unlikely to keep them out for long. Luckily, those people are in the minority. Stay safe!