Summer’s here and it’s time to turn your backyard into an oasis of privacy and fun. Like anything that’s been left to its own devices for months, your backyard will surely require some attention. And while you’re at it why not put in some extra effort into boosting the safety of your outdoor area?
If you want to make the most of your backyard and for it to feel like a safe haven for you and your loved ones, read on. We prepared a list of tips and guidelines that you will surely find very useful. You will also be more relaxed knowing that your kids and pets are playing safely outside and that your belongings are protected.
1. Ensure that your backyard is well-lit
The better the lighting in your backyard the safer your family will be. It is important to mention that light plays an important role in deterring burglars and other unwanted guests. By having a well-lit outdoor area, you might also prevent potential accidents.
There are many lighting solutions that you can choose from including motion sensor lights and solar lights. We recommend using both types of lighting because each one comes with its unique benefits. Solar lights come in a wide range of shapes and sizes and you can choose the ones that compliment your landscape best. They are also cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Solar lights require very little maintenance, so you won’t have to worry about replacing bulbs or fixing cables.
Solar lights might not always provide enough light, in which case we recommend installing some motion sensor lights as well. These lights are bright enough and they will increase the safety of your backyard by lighting up as soon as they detect motion. Solar lights are great because they are easy to install and have a long lifespan. They are quite distracting, so make sure they are not a nuisance for your neighbours and passersby.
2. Secure your garden house
Garden houses and backyard sheds can be quite attractive for burglars who are prowling around your neighbourhood. If your garden house is in a dark corner of your backyard and not very close to your main house, you probably need to put in some time and effort into boosting its security.
If you keep tools and equipment in your garden shed, it’s recommended to secure them with chains and padlocks. It is very important to secure your ladders because they can be used by burglars to reach second-story windows. If your shed is small, it’s a good idea to anchor it to the ground to prevent a better-equipped thief from stealing the whole thing. For many old school garden sheds, the hinges are the weakest points, so you should toughen them up with superglue, nuts, and bolts. You should also consider investing in a more modern garden shed that is equipped with thick walls and sturdy doors and hinges.
Now that your hinges and your equipment are secure, you should take a look at the lock. Basic locks are not the best choice as they can easily be bypassed. The easiest way to improve your lock is by installing a strong padlock and hasp. Attaching more than one padlock isn’t recommended because it might look as if you’re trying to protect something expensive which might, in turn, make your shed even more attractive.
If your garden house has windows, it’s best to keep them covered. We know that garden offices are quite popular at the moment and the burglars know it as well and they wouldn’t hesitate to break in if they saw your laptop and other valuable gadgets just sitting there in plain sight.
And last but not least, fit an alarm that will deter any unwanted guests regardless of their intentions and of how prepared they are. An alarm is a very effective way to make your garden house more secure as it will alert you as soon as its motion sensors are triggered. You can even opt for wireless alarm systems that are easy to install and send signals to your smart devices.
3. Install alarm systems and security cameras
We’ve already mentioned that it is very useful to fit your garden house with an alarm, but you can install alarm systems in several key places in your backyard. The same goes for security cameras which have become a very popular way to keep your outdoor area safe and to know what’s going on when you’re at work, on holiday, or when you’re cosy in bed. Alarm systems and security cameras go hand in hand as they are both essential components of a high-quality security system. An alarm can be effective in deterring a burglar, but a camera will allow you to record its actions and to know whether or not you should alert the cops. Cameras will also help the authorities to identify and catch the burglar.
If you can’t afford to install a security system right now but want to do it in the future, there’s a little trick that will make your backyard safer in the meantime. You can install a few security system signs and stickers that warn people that your property is equipped with cameras and alarms. Make sure you place these signs in visible places such as your fence, yard gates, garden house, front door, etc. It is important to mention that this little trick should only be used for a little while because it is not as effective as a real security system.
If you are running a business or have a valuable property that you want to protect, it’s recommended to opt for CCTV monitoring services. This way, your property will be monitored 24/7 and you’ll get to work with a team of professionals. When in doubt, it’s always better to hire a team of security experts.