Anyone living in a rural area knows of or has suffered from theft, destruction of property and vandalism. In these hard times, it seems to be getting worse than ever before. But for those of you that currently live in a rural area or would like to, there are some solutions to deter trespassing and thievery.
Note* For people who own a rural property but do not live there year-round, your property is the most at risk. Whether you are monitoring or not, criminals perceive your unoccupied property as a “safe zone”.
1. Razor Wire
Barbed wire works great for cattle, but nothing intimidates like razor wire. Just the thought of getting snagged could be enough to deter most. For the full intimidation effect, It works especially well around your primary gates and entrances.
*Be sure to check your state and local laws before using this product
While a sign won’t stop a determined trespasser, it will deter most of “opportunists” from entering. Going onto a well marked property versus going onto an empty dirt road are two very different things for the would be criminal/vandal.
3. Barricade Bars
Give structure entrances a little extra protection with a steel barricade bar. Nobody will be kicking in your doors with these on.
4. Driveway Alarms
Know when you have “company” before they get to your front door. Knowing beforehand could make all the difference.
5. Motion Sensor Lights
Just like some of the other deterrents on this list, motion sensor lights let bad guys know that this property is occupied. They will have to be really motivated or stupid to ignore lights like this.
Dogs are one of the best possible ways to deter intrusion. They offer several benefits such as, the ability to physically match and intimidate intruders, senses that aren’t vulnerable like electronics, intuition (helps discern the intruders intent) and last but not least, they are on guard day or night.
Can’t accommodate a dog into your life? Try the electronic equivalent, the watchdog alarm system.
7. Automated Turret
Having an automated turret changes the security game around. You’ll have intruders and predatory animals running for cover with one of these guarding your property. For those who are handy (and living in an apocalyptic world) , the paintball gun could easily be replaced with a real one.
8. Automatic Timers
I know what you’re thinking, who hasn’t thought of using automatic timers before. It sounds played out, but there is still validity to the use of timers in security setups. Like we’ve said previously, most rural property crimes are based out of opportunity. Don’t let them think no one is home, even for short trips away from the house.
9. Security Cameras
It used to be that cameras were too expensive to be a practical security solution. However, todays’ security cameras are much more affordable than they used to be, and more sophisticated to boot.
If real cameras won’t work for your situation, dummy cameras can help serve as a deterrent in tandem with your signs and fencing. Make sure to place these in plain view locations that are not easily accessible.
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