MAY 9, 2022
How do you use your backyard? Maybe the kids spend hours shooting hoops, riding bikes, or jumping on a trampoline. Perhaps you use your backyard as your private oasis of calm, a spot to sip a cup of coffee or catch up on a good book in peace. Or maybe the backyard is simply your dog’s domain. Whichever the scenario, get a jump-start on backyard cleanup this season to not only enhance your yard security but also your outdoor aesthetic. Here are a few ways to keep your backyard safe for maximum enjoyment:
Whether your backyard consists of a small patio or 2 acres of lush lawn, consider fencing in at least a portion of that space. Fencing, particularly near your home, can help deter anyone looking for an easy target. If you already have a fence, now is the time to give it a good cleaning, inspect for any warping or loose boards, and repair as necessary to make the fence more secure.
You may have a door sensor or video doorbell to secure your front entryway, but don’t overlook the back door and backyard-facing windows. Install glass break detectors that trigger an alarm if someone smashes a window, and use door and window sensors to alert you to anyone trying to gain access to your home from your backyard.
Sure, your backyard shed may be obscured from the road via a fence, but you’ll still need to add another layer of protection. To further secure your backyard, invest in a good lock for your backyard gate. Also ensure the back windows and doors to your home and garage remain locked, secure any valuables in a shed, and lock up bikes, power tools, and lawn equipment when not in use.
Position outdoor security cameras to capture your entire backyard. Just be sure to mount them in obvious spots so anyone entering your yard knows they’re under surveillance. Once installed, make sure to clean them regularly, wiping away dirt, debris, and pollen to get the most from your outdoor cameras.
Protect anyone entering your property if you have a swimming pool. Many local ordinances require signage and fencing around a pool area. Protect young children by keeping gates locked, installing secure fences, and adding a pool alarm.
Reduce hiding spots in your backyard. During your backyard cleanup, prune bushes, cut back landscaping, and trim trees, particularly near windows or your back door. Make sure to perform routine trimming throughout the growing season.
Another way to minimize hiding spots is by keeping your backyard illuminated at night. Floodlights, deck lighting, ambient landscape lights, and motion-activated options all contribute to yard security.
Wondering the best way to secure patio furniture from theft? Protect that luxuriously cushioned sofa and chair set, along with your grill and other outdoor entertaining accessories, by anchoring them in place using locks and cables. This will also keep your outdoor furniture safe during inclement weather or windy conditions.
Ready to enjoy the full benefits of a safe backyard for your family and pets? Contact Brinks Home™ today.
Allison Clark is a senior writer for Brinks Home. She enjoys educating others on the benefits of smart home security and using technology to simplify everyday life.
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