It seems nearly every day that we read in the local news about someone breaking into cars, garages, sheds, and homes. It’s sad that this behavior is so commonplace. It happens so often that most of us are desensitized to it. Statistics show that a burglar is far more likely to attempt breaking and entering an outbuilding or garage before he is the house.
In rural areas this is definitely so; many more outbuildings suffer loss than do houses. Though this is a sad reality of the world we currently live in, there are steps that can be taken to protect your outbuildings.
Tips for Protecting a Farm Outbuilding, Barn, or Shed:
- Think like a thief. Take a step back; look at your shed or barn. How would break in? Once you have decided that avenues you might take, then begin addressing them.
- Keep it locked up. Make sure that your windows are locked and doors are padlocked. Don’t make breaking in EASY for a thief.
- Ensure that your premise is well lit. If you do not have a light post with a light that is continually on at night, then contemplate investing in a motion activated light. Burglars tend to be scared off by well-lit areas.
- Keep security window stickers on all your doors on windows. Stickers that say things like “premise protected by Security Alarm”. These are a good deterrent and cause a burglar to rethink their decision last minute.
- Invest in a security system. Obviously, as a security company, we recommend that every building is protected with an intrusion system. If you already have a system in your nearby home, an outbuilding can likely be tied into the main system with wireless devices. Regardless, it is important that some sort of security is in place in order to protect your high ticket valuables. With door sensors and motion detectors, the intruder will NOT enter and leave undetected.
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Imagine this scenario; you took our advice and got your outbuildings secured with an intrusion system. You have sensors on the doors of your outbuilding and a motion on the inside. Let’s pretend for a second that you go to bed for the evening and you set your alarm system on your barn, but you forget to lock your barn door.
It’s now later in the evening and you are unaware that a burglar is snooping around the premises. Unbeknownst to you, the intruder happily discovers that unlocked door. As he opens the door, the sensor trips and sounds a siren, instantly alerting you to the break-in.
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You may say that YOU would never leave your barn door unlocked; however, unfortunately, there are other people in our lives that aren’t always as conscientious and careful as ourselves. And sometimes we also make mistakes. Don’t let a forgetful moment or an extremely cunning burglar get the best of you.
Get the security and protect your outbuildings. For more information on how you can protect your outbuildings, give the security solution experts at Security Alarm a call or contact us online.