Your garden should be a safe, beautiful place for you to relax in and be able to enjoy being outdoors throughout the year. There are a lot of reasons that your garden should be kept secure, partly just because burglars may be tempted to use your garden as a quiet way to gain access into your house. The garden itself can also hold some items of value, such as lawnmowers or lawn furniture. Thieves know this and will take advantage of it if they have the chance to. There are lots of things that you can do to improve the security of your garden and make it more secure. Here are some simple ways to make your garden more difficult to get into and keep it more secure.
Improve Your Fence Or Perimeter
You want to make these as hard as possible to get past and to make them as unappealing a target as you can manage. However, you should also keep in mind that boundaries between your property and your neighbors’ can often be a point of contention. To save disagreements, if you do want to make any changes to your fencing, be polite and speak to your neighbors first. If it is their fence, get permission from them in writing before you make any changes to it.
Check For Gaps In Your Fencing
Replace any broken or missing panels in your fences as soon as you notice them. Blocking up any gaps will prevent a thief from using it as a way to get into your garden easily, but it will also show onlookers that your home is well looked after. A well-cared-for home is often harder to get into, so is less of a target for would-be burglars.
Top Your Fence With Trellis
Trellis on the top of the fence makes it a lot more difficult to climb over. If your fence will be taken over 2 meters tall if you add trellis to the top, then don’t forget that you may need planning permission first. Check before you make any changes. Along the trellis or next to your fence, you can also grow some spiky or thorny plants, such as holly, blackthorn, or berberis to put off a would-be burglar from trying to hop over the fence to get into your garden.
Lock Your Gate
Make sure your garden gate is kept locked when you aren’t using it. Most gates have a sliding padbolt fitted as standard, but if you want something more secure, you can add a padlock too.
Outdoor lighting is nice for you when you use the garden in the evening, and it can also help you keep it secure. Security lights will alert you, and potentially disturb neighbors, drawing attention to anyone approaching the house through your garden.
Store Items Away
Always put away anything that could be used to help an intruder get in, such as tools or ladders. Secure them away in the shed.