How to Keep Your Yard and Outbuildings Safe from Intruders and Thieves

Apr 15, 2023 | General, Homeowner Tips

We’ve talked about securing your house with a security system, so now let’s take it a step further. 

How do you go about protecting your yard, out-buildings, shed, tools, etc?

Keeping your yard and outbuildings safe from intruders requires some additional steps beyond securing your home.

Here are some tips to help:

Keep tools and equipment locked up: Make sure all tools and equipment are stored in a locked shed or outbuilding.  This includes ladders, which can be used to access second-story windows.

Secure all gates and fences: Make sure all gates and fences around your yard are secure and locked. If you have a large property, consider installing a driveway gate to control access.  Install motion sensors on gates and shed doors to alert you if an unexpected “visitor” arrives.


Install outdoor lighting: Outdoor lighting is an effective deterrent to intruders. Motion-activated lights can startle intruders and make it difficult for them to approach your property unnoticed.


Use security cameras: Security cameras can help deter intruders and provide evidence in case of a break-in. Place cameras in strategic locations around your property, including near outbuildings.


Trim trees and bushes: Overgrown trees and bushes can provide cover for intruders. Keep them trimmed to eliminate hiding spots.


Make noise: Loud noises can scare off intruders. Consider installing an alarm system that will sound if someone tries to break into your outbuildings.


Be vigilant: Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighborhood. If you see something that doesn’t seem right, report it to the authorities.


By taking these steps, you can help keep your yard and outbuildings safe from intruders. Remember, being proactive and taking precautions is the best way to protect your property and keep your family safe.