Home security is a very important issue for many people today. A simple lock on the front and back doors and on windows may not be enough to deter thieves and intruders, and it's also important to ensure that outbuildings, such as garages and sheds, are secured so you don't suffer the theft of your car, ATV, lawn care equipment, and so on.
Consider 2 simple but important tips for adding security and privacy to your home and property. This will ensure you reduce your risk of theft, vandalism, and home invasion as much as possible.
1. Use the rule of 3
The rule of 3 refers to having three locking mechanisms on all potential entry points for thieves, including house doors, windows, garage doors, and door walls. This will keep your property more secure, as doors and windows will be virtually impossible to break open, and a thief is more likely to get frustrated and leave if they're trying to pick your locks.
For house doors, you might opt for a lock on the handle, a deadbolt, and a cross bar or heavy-duty chain. For a garage door, these locks might include the one on the handle, a deadbolt inside the garage door, and a heavy-duty padlock. For windows, you might use the lock on the window, an additional deadbolt and then a bar across or vertical to the window frame. Door walls may have a lock on the door itself, and an additional deadbolt and bar across the frame can keep it more secure.
2. Install gates
If you have a larger property, you may want to think about installing gates at the end of the sidewalk and your driveway. This can help to deter thieves and unwanted guests and also makes for a great spot for security cameras. A gate at the end of your driveway can be outfitted with a camera to note if anyone is trying to scale your fence, and a gate securing your walkway may be equipped with floodlights that are connected to motion detectors. These too can deter any intruders, as they are locked out and may be startled by the lights. This simple upgrade can keep your larger property secure in areas where you cannot actually see the edge of that property.
Gates connected to large fences can also add to your privacy, and if a thief cannot see your property, then he or she may be less likely to break in. Most thieves like to see where they're going and if you have anything worth stealing, so a large stone fence or wood privacy fence with an automatic gate can be a great choice for added security. Contact a fence contractor for more information.