Securing the Grounds
The perimeter of your property is an important area to consider when looking at your security. Factors to be specifically considered are as follows:
- the first impression afforded by hedges, gates, etc - a well-cared for appearance is not only daunting to the opportunist thief but also engenders a feeling of pride and wellbeing within your community; these factors themselves contribute to crime prevention and encourage passers-by to be more vigilant;
- although it is not normally feasible to totally secure a perimeter - people can be encouraged to use only designated entrances and footpaths by maintaining a substantial perimeter barrier; not only does this make for a more orderly surrounding area, but also attention is more likely to be drawn to people in other areas;
- it is usually possible to prevent access by vehicles – vehicles are essential to criminals needing to carry away heavy objects such as safes, lead from roofs or items of furniture;
- natural surveillance by passers-by and local residents serves to prevent crime and should be facilitated wherever possible by ensuring that hedges, walls, etc., are no more than four feet higher than the level of the adjoining roads and paths.