In an ideal world, we would be able to just close our doors and windows behind us without worrying about someone breaking in. Sadly, though, we do not live in the ideal world and there are plenty of unscrupulous people out there just waiting for the right opportunity to come into your house and get their hands on everything that you have worked hard for. It is a scary thought, but there are steps that you can take to protect your home and land from intruders.
Of course, you can never guarantee it – if someone is determined, they will find a way. Make sure you stay on the right side of the law when protecting your home and land – there are lawyers out there who can be a strong ally for criminal defense clients if you need them, but here are some perfectly law abiding ways to protect your land and home from intruders.
Make sure your doors are secure
Burglars use doors as their primary entry point in most scenarios. The garage door is usually the first to be breached, followed by the back door. Once concealed from view, a burglar has more options for breaking and entering.
Keep an eye on door frames, and at the first sign of any rotting or warping, get them replaced. Sure, it might seem like an expensive job, but a home burglary can be a lot more expensive!
Make sure your windows are secure
Since windows can provide an intruder with access, it is important that you secure them properly. Ground floor windows and windows accessible from the street or alley should be given special consideration. Even upper-floor windows can pose a threat to your home, especially if they can be accessed through a stairwell, tree, fence, or balcony climbing.
Instal alarm systems
A fully working alarm system is one of the best ways to deter a would-be intruder. Have a sign warning of the alarm system in a highly visible place and put your alarm company decals in windows and by doors. It is also vital that you never write down your alarm code and leave it anywhere where it could fall into the wrong hands, and make sure that you check it regularly. You do not want to realise it is no longe working when someone is trying to break into your home.
Create physical barriers
We have talked about the measures you can take to protect your house, but what about your homestead land and the animals living on it and the tools that you might have stored?
Well, first things first, create physical barriers, such as thorny hedges on the outside of fences or line up old machinery and tools that is no longer in use to protect newer ones. Sure, it might not look aesthetically perfect, but it is a great deterrent for all but the most persistent of thieves.
You have spent a lot of time and money building your homestead and creating a home that you love. Follow the tips above to keep it safe and secure for years to come.