6 Things You're Forgetting to Secure Outside the House

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Your house is a safe place that you call home, but is it secure? Doors, windows, and alarms are the basics, but there are so many little things that are often disregarded and overlooked when protecting your home and making it the safest it can be. Read on for some things you may never even have thought of securing.

1. Garage Windows

Worthy locks are installed on nearly all the windows in most homes, but garage windows are often overlooked. Due to the fact they’re small, on the side of the garage, and behind a big and strong garage door, they’re easy to forget. Make sure to secure your garage by covering any windows so that nobody can see any valuables inside. Do this by installing a window film that blocks the light, or by getting very thick curtains. It can also be a good idea to install bars on the windows in order to prevent break-ins. To keep the area around your garage extra secure, install motion lights that will come on in case there’s anyone around late at night.

2. Storage Sheds

A storage shed is likely filled with valuables and items that are important to you, so it’s important to protect what’s inside. Most sheds are located in the backyard or somewhere else on your property. Keep other folks out of your storage shed by securing it with extra strong locks that can’t be cut easily, and by installing a bolt that secures the door to the floor. This will prevent anyone from pulling the door off or open to get inside. Also, check the structure itself for rusty hinges, loose boards, or places where someone could break in. Everything should be sturdy and strong to keep your stored stuff safe.

3. Air Conditioners

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Wall air conditioning (AC) units are great for cooling a room down, but can be a security risk if not installed and secured properly. Someone could easily steal your AC or break into your house through the hole in the wall after pulling it out. Install a support mechanism or support bracket for the AC unit, which attaches to the exterior and will make it much more difficult to remove the air conditioner from the wall. For even more protection—just in case—install a window security bar, which helps keep the window in place so it cannot be opened from the outside to remove the AC.

4. Grills and More

Grills, tables, and outdoor furniture can be moved quite easily if someone really wanted to steal them. Besides chaining them to a tree or bolting them down to hooks in the concrete, there are a few extra ways to secure your outdoor belongings. First, make sure that all gates and entryways to your yard are locked and secure. Otherwise, people can just come and go as they please and take what they want. If your yard isn’t fenced in, you can also add protection by installing motion lights and, if needed, a few security cameras with small signs notifying people of their installation. If this seems like too much work, store these items in a secure storage shed or garage, as mentioned above.

5. Boats, RVs, and other Toys

Just as with the grills and items in the section above, it’s important to have adequate protection for your toys. Ideally, these kinds of items should be stored in a secure location such as a garage or storage facility. But if you have the space on your property to story your outdoor vehicles and other similar items, secure them by installing an alarm system and parking them in difficult places. This means turning the hitch in a funny direction, turning the wheels, or other ways of parking that would take some maneuvering to move your recreational vehicle.

6. The Mailbox

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Your mail is an easy target for thieves looking to steal checks, IDs, bank statements, or other forms of your identity. All of these pieces of paper just sit in your mailbox and are awfully easy to take if someone wanted to. Protect your mail and your identity by getting a mailbox that locks. Get one that has an opening for the mailman to put the mail inside, but a lock for you to open and get your mail so nobody else can.