Winter Protection: Best Forms of Home Security

| 10/16/2014 10:11:00 AM

Miles YoungFor those living on large tracts of land such as farms and ranches, the threat of intruders carries more danger than for those in urban environments. There are more places for intruders to conceal themselves, there are risks from chemical and fuel tanks, and emergency responders take longer to arrive. That's why it's important for property owners to have a comprehensive home security plan, especially with the long, dark winter nights on the horizon. These common forms of home protection offer the best way to secure your property.

Perimeter Fencing

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Photo: Flickr/died4663

Physical barriers are tried and true standards in home protection, but for some, the costs associated with fencing off the entire property are prohibitive. If you are unable to fence your complete perimeter, consider strategic fencing. Fence off valuable assets such as livestock and crops. Fence any portion of the property facing public roads and prominently post "no trespassing" signs at regular intervals. Install a sturdy, locking gate at the entrance to your property. The most effective fencing is at least 6 feet tall and made of sturdy material.

Electrical fencing is also an excellent deterrent, and most electric fence packages include an alarm that signals when a cable is cut or damaged. Electrical fences can be combined with other physical barrier systems to increase security.