Living in an isolated home can give you all the silence and privacy you want, but unfortunately, it can also make you an easy target for home intruders. Since you don’t have neighbors whom you can immediately call for help—and the fact that it can take a lot more time for the police to show up at your door—criminals can see your home as a gold mine.
However, there are still many ways to protect your home from those who want to invade it. Here are some of the best examples that you should consider:
Put up a fence
Perhaps no fence in this world can stop a determined burglar, but it can serve as a good enough deterrent. Having a fence makes your home more difficult to access than having none, which increases the chances of a potential burglar walking away instead of trying to enter your property. However, this also depends on the type of fence you have. Concrete fences can make your home seem like a fortress that is not worth it to try and burglarize, whereas low wooden fences don’t do much other than be decorative.
That said, for an isolated home, a tall, non-see-through fence is the best choice, especially if you have a lot of valuables around your property.
Install motion-detecting lights
Motion-detecting lights are great deterrents for burglars because they can easily alert you of their presence. Aside from that, they can help save electricity as opposed to using regular outdoor lights.
Install motion-detecting lights along the perimeter of your property and around your driveway (especially if you have a long driveway surrounded by woods). It is also a good idea to install some near your house if someone manages to approach your property without detection. Having a light suddenly turn on should be enough to scare away most criminals looking for a house to rob.
Invest in night-vision security cameras
Unlike homes in neighborhoods, you probably don’t have the luxury of having streetlights near your home to illuminate the outdoors. Even if you have outdoor lighting, having too many fixtures can cause a spike in your electric bill. The best alternative? Night-vision security cameras. Regular security cameras have a limited view of the outside during nighttime. Security cameras equipped with night-vision allow you to see everything clearly, even when it’s pitch black outside. If a burglar tries to approach your home in the dark, the night-vision cameras can easily spot them.
Place tripwire alarms around your property
Tripwire alarms can alert you when someone or something crosses your property’s perimeter, helping you act quickly in case of an emergency. For homes, laser tripwire alarms are the best variant since they are invisible to the naked eye, meaning burglars will be none the wiser.
However, be ready for false alarms since these lasers can also catch the movement of animals moving across your property. If you don’t want to receive an alert every time an animal lurks around, place the alarms near your house since wild animals are unlikely to approach homes. Nonetheless, treat every alert seriously—you never know when it could be an actual person lurking around your home.
Install a good home security system
A home security system for an isolated property may seem like overkill. Still, it is an invaluable layer of protection that can deter criminals—or at least help you sleep better at night, if anything. Most home security systems also come with outdoor signage that you can place on your front yard, which can help deter potential criminals.
Upgrade your locks
Even if you do all the security measures mentioned above, criminals may remain undeterred. To prevent them from actually entering your home, upgrade the locks on all of your doors and windows, including your garage door, if you have one. Install additional deadbolts, replace weak locks, add strike plates, and install padlocks on outdoor structures.
You can also add window security film to make them more burglar-proof. If you want extra security, consider adding window bars and planting thorny bushes under first-floor windows as well.
The isolated nature of a home that’s far from town can be both charming and dangerous. If you live in such a home, increase your property’s security by applying some—if not all—of the security measures mentioned above. Even if it is unlikely for your home to attract burglars, it will give you peace of mind knowing that you have multiple layers of protection in case anything happens.