According to FBI data (from 1993-2010) Burglary rates are 12 percent higher in summer on average. As we near summer, it’s important to remember these seasonal trends. You aren’t powerless in the summer to help prevent a burglary, however. One area you should pay extra attention to during the summer to help safeguard your home against burglars is your yard.
Take a look at this checklist for things to pay attention to in your yard this summer.
Free Ways to Boost Your Yard’s Security
- Put ladders and tools away, they can be used by burglars in an attempted burglary.
- Secure any outdoor valuables like grills or patio furniture.
- If you have a fence, make sure it is sturdy and watch for any weaknesses or entry points.
- Keep your landscaping neat and trimmed so it does not provide an easy hiding place.
- Don’t display evidence of big purchases- for example an HDTV box left with your garbage is a clue for burglars that you have nice, new technology in your home.
- Keep your curtains drawn, especially when you are not home, so no one can see into your home.
- Don’t leave your spare key outside in an easy-to-access place.
This checklist is full of free ways to enhance the safety and security of your yard. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective. But if you’re feeling like you want to invest a little more in the security of your yard, there are some other options that you can try.
Yard Security Investments
- A sturdy tall fence- but remember, privacy fences may provide a place to hide if a burglar can get in.
- Motion detecting lights- these will draw attention if anyone enters your yard and may scare off a potential burglar.
- Home Security- If a potential burglar gets up to your home and attempts to enter, an armed, monitored security system will alarm and notify the monitoring center. Plus, a visible yard sign may act as a deterrent.
- Video Surveillance- well-positioned exterior cameras can give you a way to check on things from your internet-connected smartphone; they also send a message to would-be vandals that you are watching.