How to Add Security to Your Home's Exterior Property

Posted on: 20 June 2016

To add security to your home's interior, you might install an alarm that sounds when someone breaks a window or forces a door open or install cameras inside the home that turn on automatically when someone has tripped their motion detectors. However, you might also be concerned with how you add security to your home's exterior, especially without making your home look and feel like a compound or prison yard. Note a few tips for adding security to your home's exterior, and then discuss these with a security expert or other contractor so you know they will work for your property.

Plant prickly shrubbery

It may seem like a small thing, but a potential intruder is less likely to come onto a property if he or she needs to get past prickly shrubbery. You can plant rose bushes with thorns or another variety of shrubs with sharp edges around your fence or in front of your home's first-floor windows. Not only will this discourage intruders from scaling a fence or breaking in, but it might also keep them from lingering around your property to inspect your home and yard, looking for vulnerable spots in your home's security.

Add signs, even if they're not true

Adding signs to your property that say "Beware of Dog" or signs saying that you have an alarm system can keep potential intruders away. Even if you don't have a dog or alarm system, intruders may not know that, and they may choose another target without such warning signs simply because they don't want to risk tripping an alarm or alerting a guard dog. You can often buy these signs at any home improvement store and put them near front entrances, the end of your driveway, and other such locations.

Choose a sliding gate

A sliding or retractable gate can be a good choice as it means forcing people to stop before they get onto your property with their car; a potential intruder may pretend to be a salesperson, religious person, or someone else with legitimate business in order to reach your front porch. When you opt for a sliding gate, they need to stay outside your property lines and introduce themselves, and you then need to decide if you'll let them on your property. This reduces the risk of those pretending to be something they're not actually reaching your home or property so they can scope out your security measures and then intrude on your property at a later date.