Securing a property of any size can be challenging but when you have a large property with acreage, it can be even more difficult. There is much to consider no matter where you are located but some parts of the country are more difficult because they are the habitat of known predators. Whether you are trying to secure your property from humans or creatures, the following five tips should help.
1. Do a Complete Security Inspection of the Perimeter
The very first thing you should do in many cases is a complete security check of the perimeter of your property. If you suspect predators may cause a problem, make sure you have sturdy fencing all the way around and that it is in good repair. If you don’t already have them, make sure the gates all have locks so that vehicles and trespassers can’t enter easily.
Also, if there are larger predators such as bears or wildcats that can easily jump fences, you might want to make sure you have at least one gun with a large enough caliber to ensure you will be well protected. If you have any animals outside, having enough ammo on hand to protect them is strongly suggested. However, be advised that only a few states have “Stand Your Ground” laws or “Castle” legislation so unless an intruder has a gun or other means of causing harm, you can’t shoot them. It pays to look up those laws to protect yourself against prosecution.
2. Install a Security System
There are various kinds of security systems on the market, but it is highly recommended that you go with a CCTV system. If you will be away from the property for any length of time, such as being away all day for work, make sure you have remote access to those cameras. You may want to contract a monitored service that can also install security on windows and doors.
3. Inventory and Tag Your Most Expensive Assets
If you have high value items, keep a thorough inventory and find a way to etch or tag them for added protection. Even with all the security you have, if someone should gain access to your home, they will be unable to easily pawn or sell them.
4. Install Interior and Exterior Motion Sensors
Motion sensors are also good because they will detect any movement and immediately raise the alarm. The one thing to be aware of is that some are extremely sensitive so the slightest breeze or a cat jumping onto a counter could set them off. The point is, although you should be cautious when they go off, don’t immediately panic.
5. Install an Electronic Keyed Security Entrance on All Doors
The age of technology is amazing. Electronic keyed entryways are a great way to notify you if someone is trying to gain access to your home. They can be connected to the security company monitoring your home, the local police and to your cell phone to notify everyone that someone is trying to type in codes that are inaccurate. Just make sure you don’t give the code out to anyone who doesn’t live there or has a right to enter.
Finally, you might want to join a neighborhood watch so that you are part of a community that is there to protect each other. If there isn’t one in existence, then maybe you could start one! It is especially important that if you own a gun, you keep it locked securely and if you must use it within your domicile, make sure it is legal in your state and that you have it legally registered. You can be safe, but it may take some effort. You are well within your rights to protect people and property as long as you stay within the confines of the law.