A high fence around the house with lockable gates is much safer than a high wall due to the advantage of the improved visibility it provides. Palisade fencing is a better choice so you can see in before you arrive and see out when at home. Wooden /Cladding/ slats in-between the palisade make for better privacy, but still give you the advantage of sight in and out of your perimeter.
The primary aim of the fence is to make access/intrusion difficult and to allow dogs to move freely around the house.
Ensure that your gates are locked at all times and that the keys cannot be reached easily and are not lying around uncontrolled. Get into good habits and teach them to everyone in the house.
Security gates with sturdy locks in front of each outer door as well as burglar proofing covering all windows are recommended. The burglar proofing is better when fitted on the inside of the aperture. For example, they will have to break the glass then get through the steel bars. This method should give you time to react to this situation.
The following devices prevent easy access:
- Window bars -8-10mm round bar, don’t use square bar.
- Security doors, with a proper framework, Rawl bolted to the inside of the frame.
- Security gates, with a proper framework, Rawl bolted to the inside of the frame
- Razor wire or other nicer looking measure to prevent an intruder climbing over the top of the wall. Electric fence connected to an alarm.
- Additional locking devices on doors
- Strengthening of doors
- Peepholes in the doors
- Safety chains or strong deadbolts work very well.
- Intercom system between the home and gate, front door or garage.