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How to Stop Burglars from Targeting Your Home by Installing the Right Gates and Fences

While none of us likes to think about the potential for forced entry into our properties, it is essential to take certain security measures if we are to deter burglars from targeting our homes. These anti-burglary tips from our security fence and gate experts will help you understand how burglars pick a house, which gating and fencing solutions offer the best protection, and what else you can do to keep your property secure.

According to the Staffordshire police, installing good security gates and fences around the perimeter of your property can help to deter burglars. However, if you install a fence that is too low or a gate that is not secure, you can accidentally make it easier to access your property. Here are our expert recommendations on the right fences and gates to install on various parts of your property.

How to Stop Burglars from Targeting Your Home by Installing the Right Gates and Fences

 

While none of us likes to think about the potential for forced entry into our properties, it is essential to take certain security measures if we are to deter burglars from targeting our homes. These anti-burglary tips from our security fence and gate experts will help you understand how burglars pick a house, which gating and fencing solutions offer the best protection, and what else you can do to keep your property secure.

According to the Staffordshire police, installing good security gates and fences around the perimeter of your property can help to deter burglars. However, if you install a fence that is too low or a gate that is not secure, you can accidentally make it easier to access your property. Here are our expert recommendations on the right fences and gates to install on various parts of your property.

Anti-Burglary Tip 1: Secure Your Garden, Alleyways and Low Walls

 

Private Alleyways

If a private alleyway runs down the side of your house, fit a high, strong and lockable gate that can deter forced entry. Never leave an alleyway exposed and unsecured.

Rear Gardens

 

The police recommend installing rear garden fencing that is at least 1.8 m high and as low to the ground as possible so that intruders can’t crawl under it. You should use fencing panels securely attached to fence posts that cannot be lifted out, and interior horizontal bracing chamfered at a 45-degree angle to prevent your fence from becoming a climbing aid for intruders. Your rear garden gate should be the same height as your fence and include the same trellis topping, if you opted for this. A wrought iron gate with small gaps between the bars and the hinge and gate is optimal for rear garden installation, especially with a diamond-shaped trellis top.

Front Gardens

 

Front garden fencing should not exceed 1 m in height as it can reduce your visibility. We recommend that you install a low front garden fence, which provides a clear boundary and can deter thieves. Your gate should be in line with your fence and you should opt against a closed boarded wooden gate, which provides ample concealment for burglars. Ensure that the design you choose does not provide footholds and grips for intruders.

Did You Know…? While you don’t normally require planning permission to build a garden fence or gate, it’s important to check before you go ahead and install one, just in case.

Low Walls

 

Adding fencing to the top of a low wall can often be cheaper than adding more brick. Ensuring that the fence is flush with the outside edge prevents criminals from getting an easy foothold and climbing the wall. Installing diamond-design trellis makes it harder to climb your fence and is even more effective after the planting of prickly, thorny climbing shrubs. A good option for a thorny plant that can be used as an anti-theft device is a Bougainvillea, which is a hardy climber that grows well on garden trellis fencing.

Anti-Burglary Tip 2: General Advice on Secure Gating

 

To ensure that your gate functions as a deterrent against burglars, place hinges to the inside of the gate and reverse one hinge so that the gate cannot be lifted off. If your gate has a latch and lock mechanism, this should self-close and latch as it closes. Never opt to install a latch hole, as this can be accessed from outside.

For wooden gates, fit a good-quality security hasp and staple about one-third of the way up the gate and secure with padlocks. Sliding bolts add extra security to the bottom of your gate and help to reinforce the structure.

If you are opting for a metal gate, a shootbolt and strong padlock are the simplest solutions. You could also consider selecting an electric gate with a security lock for an added element of protection and convenient automatic opening for residents with keys. These are manufactured to industry standards to ensure they are secure, giving you total peace of mind.

Anti-Burglary Tip 3: Additional Security Measures

 

While installing the correct gates and fences is crucial to prevent burglars from targeting your home, there are other security measures you can take to protect yourself and your family. Installing an alarm that is easy to spot from the driveway is a good way to deter forced entry, especially if you pick one that has mountings under the front eaves of the house and flashes a blue light so that the burglar is more likely to spot it before attempting to enter your property. You can also attach a sign or sticker to the inside of a front window, stating that the house is protected by alarms or patrolled by a security company.  CCTV cameras are also an option, and if you don’t have the budget for fully functioning CCTV, battery-powered dummy cameras are available, which can flash to indicate they’re recording.

While we don’t advocate welcoming a dog into your family because you’re worried about security, if you do have a dog or are eager to welcome a new addition into your home, advertising the fact that the dog is on the property can act as a strong deterrent.

Remember to keep up the appearance that your home is lived in. This means trimming the grass, picking up junk mail and setting your automatic lights. Ask your neighbours to clear any junk mail and arrange for your grass to be mowed if you are away for a significant time.

Did You Know…? Wheelie bins can be used to climb fences or onto roofs, so make sure that your bins are inside your garden fence and not accessible from the road.

Taking these simple steps to secure your home can make a world of difference if a burglar should ever consider targeting your property. Employing a highly professional and trustworthy company like Gorgeous Gates to install the most secure fence and gate for your house will make it easy to manage your security requirements.

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