Burglars have been known to use homeowners’ tools to break-in. This can include crowbars, screwdrivers, hammers and even a ladder (to gain access to second-floor windows).A burglar may carry their own crowbar however since most burglaries are committed at the “spur of the moment”, locking away your tools in a shed will deter the opportunists. If you have an outdoor shed, a pick proof lock is a great investment. If not, storing them in the garage is the next best thing. If you want to learn more about burglar tips and tricks, click here.
Showing your backyard some TLC can prevent a burglary. This is supported by 2 different facts: the first being that burglars seek cover to avoid getting caught. If your yard is well concealed from view, it can easily become a target. The cover gives the burglar more time to prowl around undetected. The second being thebroken windows theory which suggests that signs of neglect like overgrown lawns or excessive rubbish can encourage antisocial behaviour in others. In simple terms, if you don’t respect your property, burglars will not either.To learn more about the theory click here.
Depending on the size of your property, you may have a gap in your fence which you’re not aware of. Even a small hole can give a burglar the chance to scope out your backyard before entering. More commonly, wooden fences tend to fall apart with age so if you have the funds, an upgrade may be a good idea. Following the broken window theory mentioned above, repairing any damage right away is likely to deter a break in. The height of the fence is also something to consider. If your fence is waist height or low enough to jump over, having a larger fence installed is advisable.
This may not be an option for everyone but installing barbed wire will make your yard a fortress. Not only is it extremely difficult to climb over, it also sends a clear message to any potential burglars that you have taken the time to secure your backyard and home. After all, if you have barbed wire surrounding your property, what kind of measures can they expect inside? If you choose to opt for this method, remember to do the same for any doors leading from your front yard. Otherwise, the burglars could simply walk around it.