We spend an awful lot of time worrying about people breaking into our homes and taking the things that we have worked really hard for. The idea of someone taking the time to snap a lock and enter our homes can make you feel rattled, insecure and vulnerable. It’s difficult to feel unwelcome and uneasy in your own home, and when the summer months roll around, it’s even more important to secure the outside spaces around the house.
Ensuring that your garden is secure during the summer can mean the difference between allowing the children to play outside while you do the housework and keeping them indoors until you have the time to go outside with them. The world is a scary place, but with these sensible security suggestions, you can make sure that you can enjoy your garden all year around.
- Go Ultra-Violet. This isn’t a nod to having super powers, but if you take an ultraviolet pen to your outdoor furniture and tools and write your name and postcode along them, you can trace them back if they’ve been stolen. This is handy, because UV pens are invisible ink and require a light to be shone on them, so would-be thieves would never know.
- Check For Rot. Winter has a horrible habit of making things in the great outdoors deteriorate. This includes sheds, gates and fencing. Adding concrete fence posts to your boundaries and replacing the locks on the gates with new ones that aren’t rusty will make a huge difference to their strength. Don’t be fooled by it all looking okay on the outside when the inside of fence posts could be rotten.
- Photo Time! When you’ve got your garden looking exactly as you want it to, take a photo of the exact layout of everything. Take photos of your tools and your power machines like mowers as well. Doing this means you will notice right away if anything is missing.
- Be Alarmed. You would likely already have an alarm system on your house in case of a break-in, but what you should ideally do is add a smaller alarm to statues or fountains that you’ve got in the garden. This way, if anything gets moved the alarm will be set off.
- Plant Pain. Nettles, roses and pyracantha are all plants that cause a little pain. They make for excellent deterrents and can cause a little injury, giving thieves a second chance to get out before you find out.
- Light It Up. Those security lights that switch on when they sense motion are excellent for picking up whether anyone is landing in your garden. They work so well against those who think they can just jump into your garden whenever they want to.
Security in the garden should be a priority for you, especially if you have valuables or children that want to play out safely. You’d not mess around with household safety, and your garden should be the very same. Live an outdoor life without a second thought.