Outdoor Wall Lights
You may not want to believe it but most burglars do not preemptively plan their break-ins. They are often crimes of opportunity. They pick what appears to be a simple target in a spur of the moment in most cases. If they see a greater risk than they anticipated, they obviously move onto a safer, easier target. The more effort you give to keep your home from looking like a potential easy target, the safer you will be.
A several layered approach is usually the best way to implement your home security, and the very first layer consists of landscaping, outdoor wall lights, garden lights and other features around your yard.
Great Home Defense Starts with your Backyard
A few simple changes to your existing landscaping and outdoor wall lighting can often times help to protect your home from would be spur-of-the-moment break-ins. They are looking for a home they can get in and out of quickly, the more time they spend in your home the more chance of getting caught and they know this. Their easiest potential target is a home completely surrounded by tall hedges and shrubs, which restricts visibility from the street and your surrounding neighbor’s. They certainly do not your whole backyard lit up by garden lights.
Try your best to always make sure you trim your shrubs and trees so that your doors and windows can easily be seen by neighbors, and from the street. By giving up a little privacy you will be effectively deterring would be intruders. Also, if you have more than one floor, remove trees away from the upper floor windows to prevent an intruder from climbing them and also make sure any trellises are not setup to provide a make-shift ladder to gain entry to the upper floors.
All landscaping and landscape lighting near the sidewalk, driveways, doors or gates, should be kept low in height. You can probably notice a trend starting here, you want your home to be as visible as possible. As you move further away from the sidewalk you can increase the height of tree’s and plant’s but keep it down to no more than 4 feet.
Any plant under a window should be kept below the windowsill. Trees should have their lower branches trimmed to at least a couple of feet off the ground. Try your best to keep your lawn well groomed as a messy lawn will usually indicate to a potential burglar that you have been away from your home for some time. When you are away from home try to keep your outdoor wall lights on to give the illusion that the home is occupied.
By placing loose stones or even gravel on the ground under windows you will be warned if someone sneaks on to it which can be a useful psychological obstacle. Remember not to have any large rocks or stones near glass windows or doors. It’s certainly not a good idea to provide a burglar with his tools!
You could even plant thorny bushes along fences and under windows to also act as a deterrent. Protecting your home with multiple little thing’s can add up in the long run.
What About Street Numbers?
I’m still trying to drill this into your head, make sure your house number can be seen easily from the street. This may potentially save time for the police and emergency services to find your home in the case of a real emergency.
It is best to use numbers made of reflective materials, or even plain black on white. They should be around 6 inches high to facilitate visibility from the street. As always, keep the number clean and trim any intrusive plants. The number should be legible and near the front door or the garage entrance.
Limiting Access to Yards and Store Rooms
The main thing burglars are looking for is an obstruction free entry and a speedy exit. Fences are a super easy way to stop most burglars from carrying away your larger processions, assuming you keep your gate’s locked. Make sure you do not leave out any tools or expensive equipment and ensure they are stored in a garage or a shed.
Outdoor wall lights are a huge deterrent
The main idea here is to use your landscaping to control access to your property. Proper fencing, hedges, and visibility all help create barriers that will make a potential intruder feel wearisome as they approach your home and hopefully your home will be spared. This is especially true if the intruder thinks someone is home due to the outdoor lighting.