Each year, thousands of garden thefts occur.
This rash of intrusions threatens the safety and security of your family as well as your possessions.
Not to mention the actual work that you put into your garden, making it attractive for your family. If you have a vegetable garden and/or flower garden, you wouldn’t want intruders damaging or stealing what you’re growing, either.
Now think of what might happen if you or a member of your family accidentally encountered one of these intruders while they were trespassing on your property.
It’s awful to imagine what might happen. Don’t allow this kind of backyard terrorism to occur in your garden. Take steps now to safeguard your property and your family. Here are the top ways to protect your garden from intruders.
1. Use Garden Security Cameras
Security cameras work several different ways to protect your garden from intruders. First, the very fact that you have visible home security cameras in place typically makes potential intruders change their minds about trespassing on your property.
Police say that these cameras work very efficiently to deter criminals because they know they can be caught on camera, identified and arrested.
The second way that these work is by allowing you to see exactly what’s happening in your garden when you aren’t able to be there in person.
Is it a wild animal that’s ravaging your vegetable patch? Are the neighbor’s kids vandalizing your garden shed? Is there a stranger trespassing when you aren’t home?
You’ll be able to know what’s happening and take further steps as needed.
2. Illuminate Your Garden
Another thing that deters intruders and criminals is light. That’s why most theft and vandalism occurs at night.
If you illuminate your garden at night, you might be able to successfully keep intruders at bay. Of course, lighting up your garden all night isn’t practical. Instead, install two kinds of lights. The first is solar lighting.
These can be placed anywhere in your garden; along walkways, around your garden shed, or anyplace else you want.
Each unit has its own mini solar panel, so there are no wires to contend with. The second kind of lighting to install is motion sensor lighting. These only come on when there is motion in the garden, like an intruder walking around.
If you have a pet, the lights will come on too, but at least you’ll be able to discourage intruders from damaging or stealing your property.
3. Install Boundaries and Lock Access Points
Another effective way to protect your garden from intruders is to install boundaries and lock access points.
In other words, you would need to install either a fence or a wall around your garden. This makes it more difficult for trespassers to enter your property.
Gates have to be able to be locked to complete the fortress. You can use padlocks or digital access code locks on the gates. A more sophisticated method would be to have the gate locks hardwired, with the control panel inside your house.
Combined with a camera, you can either permit access to your garden or deny guest’s entry, all without leaving the security of your home.
4. Adopt a Dog
Many people overlook the power of having a dog to protect the garden. If you choose a guard dog that is bred to protect, you’ll have little trouble training it to bark and intimidate anyone who tries to get on your property without your permission. The dog can also be trained to recognize friends and family so it doesn’t keep everyone at bay.
These are four effective ways to protect your garden from intruders. You could choose to implement one, a few or all of these methods. Rest assured though, you won’t have any trouble with garden intruders again.