Tuesday 7 September 2010

Home Security: Your Garden is the first line of defence

Most burglaries happen through opportunity rather than being planned. They pick what is deemed as a simple target, however if there is a greater risk than anticipated they will move on. It is important to make the effort within your garden to increase the security to keep your home from seeming to be a simple target. With increasingly more people spending more time and money in their garden it is important to get the security to stop unwanted intruders entering.

Simple security can be created within your garden:

1. The use of fencing helps create an obstacle to enter your garden, adding a security topping along the top of the fence can help deter any unwanted visitors. In some cases though, the installation of security toppings may require planning permission or Building Regulations approval. There is a variety of garden fencing which can help increase the security of your garden and home that will not compromise on the look. Timber fencing panels that are closely boarded together can help to stop potential trespassers from seeing through into your home and garden.

2. Adding spiky plants that climb up your fencing or thorny hedges running around your boundary, can add a nice anti climb feature.

3. Boundary Lighting. With having movement activated lightening in and around the garden can help eliminate places to hide.

4. Restricted access. Make sure all the access points in the garden are secured by the way of a garden gate and then secured safety with a lock for added security. Consider installing electric gates for your driveway or entrance, which could be opened by a remote or timer.

5. Adding gravel on your drive or on paths, which can provide an early warning of visitors.

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