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The Great Outdoors – NHSM Week 4

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Being careful to secure the outside of your premises is just as important as securing the inside in what we call the ‘layered defence’ strategy.The idea is that your home is protected by a number of security ‘layers’, which start at the perimeter of your grounds.

Perimeter
One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to improve your perimeter security is by using warning signs such as ‘beware of the dog’ or ‘this home is alarmed’. These act as a great deterrent to would-be burglars by showing from first sight that you have taken home security precautions.

Fences and hedges act as a barrier between your home and potential intruders, so it is important to ensure that these are the right size: they need to be tall enough to ensure your security, but low enough so that they wouldn’t hide intruders from view. If you also have a gate on your perimeter, evaluate your locks to ensure that they are sufficient and aren’t vulnerable to lock picking or snapping. If the gate is automated, consider having an access control system fitted so that you can control who goes in and out of your property. Similar systems are also available for the doors to your home, meaning that you needn’t even open the door before being sure of who your caller is.

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It is important to remember that your garden tools and machinery are often dangerous and could be used by an intruder to gain entry to your home, or even as an assault weapon, making it crucial for them to be locked away securely. Ensure that they are stored securely in a shed or greenhouse with a sufficient lock fitted. You may even consider having these fitted with an alarm to further warn intruders off.

Surveillance
Another very valuable security asset is a Video surveillance system.  CCTV or Visual Verification Systems act as a burglar deterrent and also allow you to gather evidence of any intrusions.  These systems, which were once considered to be quite expensive, can now be supplied and installed at very reasonable prices with some excellent additional features such as two way communication and remote viewing.

Lighting
If this sounds a bit too technical, there are some very simple ways to improve your outdoor security like making sure that your grounds are well-lit. Removing the cover of darkness takes burglars out of their comfort zone and makes your home much less likely to become a target. You can do this by using small, solar powered lights in your garden, or by having motion or dusk-dawn sensor lights fitted to the outside of your property. Anything that adds extra illumination will be very helpful for keeping burglars at bay.  Coupling this with other layers of defence will improve the security of your home substantially, and continue to do so for years to come.

If you would like more information on anything mentioned in this article, or if you would like to arrange your free no-obligation survey, please contact us and we will be happy to answer any question you might have.