Ideally, the backyard should offer a safe place to enjoy the outdoors within the comfort and safety of your home. Unfortunately, burglars and trespassers can disrupt this peace and steal or damage your property. Although installing cameras and a home security system are the most obvious steps, there are also more cost-effective methods that can help protect your territory.
1. Install a Fence
Fences are some of the most well-known protective measures you can install. However, a simple wooden fence will not suffice. You will need a strong material that will withstand the elements and attempted damage. A vinyl or aluminum fence can provide strength as well as flexibility that can suit your aesthetic tastes. Most importantly, your fence should have a built-in locking mechanism that makes it difficult to enter from outside.
2. Hide Your Valuables
While most of your belongings may be inside the house, there are still items in the backyard such as power tools, lawn equipment and entertainment devices that can be easily stolen. The garage and a locked barn should have plenty of space for most lawn-specific tools and items. Other valuables that do not fit this description such as TVs and kitchen supplies should stay inside. Items too large to carry like BBQ grills and hoses should be covered in a tarp.
3. Embrace Landscaping
The landscaping process does more than just boost your house’s market value and improve its overall look. The right maintenance strategies can keep your property safe. For instance, regular lawn mowing and bush trimming reduces potential hiding spots for intruders. Other landscaping upgrades such as lighting fixtures and thorny plants near entrances can also deter burglars from entering in the first place.
Due to the open nature of your lawn, it can be vulnerable to trespassing, theft and damage. You can prevent these incidents by taking the right steps to make the area safe for you and your belongings.