Real estate is a significant investment. For most people, their home is the biggest investment they will ever make, so it’s understandable that you want to make sure your home is protected from intruders, malicious or otherwise.

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The U.S. Department of Justice figures reveal that there were 3.7 million burglaries committed between 2003 and 2007, of which 7% involved some kind of violent assault against a person present at the time. More up to date figures from the DoJ say there are 1.03 million home invasions each year. These are scary statistics.

The good news is that you can protect your home from intruders if you follow a few simple steps.

Secure Perimeter

While you don’t necessarily need to build a perimeter fence to rival Fort Knox, it should be difficult to climb over and have a security gate. Look for the toughest fence material. Wrought iron is the strongest type of fence you can buy. If you invest in a high wrought iron perimeter fence with vicious spikes on top, it will be difficult for anyone to climb over unless they have an angle grinder and the time to chop out a section. Realistically, unless you live in a remote area, that isn’t going to happen. Wrought iron is also attractive as well as secure, which is another advantage.

Second on the list is aluminum, closely followed by chain link. Both of these options are not pretty, but they are secure.

Secure Gate

It’s fairly pointless spending money on a security fence if your gate is an open door. This also needs to be secure, and preferably locked at all times. Electric gates are an option, although they can be rather expensive. If you don’t want to spend too much money on an electric gate, fit a metal gate that has a sturdy lock. This will prevent anyone from entering with a vehicle unless they want to call a lot of attention to their activities.

CCTV

Don’t underestimate the power of CCTV. Most intruders will walk away if they see security cameras installed around a property. Modern CCTV systems can be operated remotely, so you can view what’s happening at home from a remote location simply by logging into your system using a mobile app.

Speak to a security advisor, but the best systems are linked to home alarms. These can be monitored by a security company and if the system is triggered – or you press a panic button – help will arrive almost immediately.

Dogs

Dogs are another useful deterrent. Large breeds such as Mastiffs, Dobermans, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers are quite intimidating, so most burglars will walk away if they spot a huge dog patrolling the perimeter. Even a small dog is a deterrent, however, since dogs make a lot of noise and are quick to attract attention.

Whether this is your home or a commercial property, pay close attention to security, especially if you live or work in a rundown part of town.