How to Secure Your Backyard

Backyard of house with swimming pool

Security is as big an issue today as it was 10 or 100 years ago. If you have a home, family, kids, pets, valuable belongings, and more, you obviously want to keep everything and everyone secure. There are many security systems available, but the fact of the matter is that many of them completely forget the backyard.

Most systems focus on the front of the home and garage but often neglect the yard. Well, robbers and thieves can still break into your home from the yard, so this needs to be secured as well. This article discusses how to secure your backyard.

Additional Cameras with Motion Sensors

While the base units of many security systems are designed for home and garage entrances, most of them allow you to customize the hardware for added protection.

If you already have a home security system, you can add additional cameras in your yard. Ensure the cameras cover all angles, particularly those that lead in and out of your yard, and any weak points that may facilitate an easy entry. More often than not, functioning security cameras are more than enough to deter would-be thieves.

If you want your yard to be as secure as possible, use cameras with motion sensors to alert you via your phone when they detect motion. This way, even if somebody continues with their illegal activities despite your cameras, you will know what’s going on.

Contact and Motion Sensors

Cameras are not the only hardware you can use to ensure that your backyard is secure. You can also use simple contact sensors. These are great for doors. Contact sensors will alert you if doors have been opened, and you can use these for gates and fence doors as well.

Even if you don’t want to hook up extra cameras to your backyard, you can still use motion sensors. These can be problematic due to false alarms when they detect movement from animals, although intelligent motion sensors differentiate between humans and animals.

While contact sensors won’t work to detect somebody climbing over your fence, motion sensors will. If you have the money to spend, you could t look into gravity sensors which will notify you of an intruder when they detect weight.

These can detect a human being walking around in your yard. It’s like at a gas station when you drive over the speedbump, and the bell rings to notify the attendant that there is a customer present.

Bluffing Can Work Too

Security cam caught thief

Studies show that security company signs and cameras deter burglars. That said, many people don’t want to spend on security hardware and subscriptions. Well, it is a proven fact that even fact stickers and cameras deter burglars. Although professionals may be able to tell the difference, in most cases, they aren’t risky enough to call your bluff.

Motion Sensing Lights

Photo of Motion Light

Burglars like the dark, and they want to stay in the shadows. Therefore, something that will deter burglars is a motion-sensing light. These sense motion and they illuminate the area. It looks like a prison yard spotlight, and in most cases, it’s enough to send crooks running.

Get a Better Fence

Photo of High Fence

If you are worried about the bad guys climbing over your fence, a simple solution is to get a better fence. Wooden fences may look nice, but metal fences with sharp spikes at the top are better at preventing somebody from climbing over. If you really wanted to, barbed wire is always an option, although that’s probably taking things a bit too far.

Fido

Dog in the backyard

One of the very best security measures for any home is a dog. Unless the criminal is totally insane, they will not dare enter your backyard when they hear a snarling, barking, and growling dog. In this case, size matters, but even small dogs, those little yappers, have crook-deterring effects.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are both low- and high-tech ways to secure a backyard. Whatever you do, make sure your family and your home are safe!

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