Front and Backyard Security Alarms
Having front and backyard security is your first line of defense when it comes to protecting your home and family. Identifying a potential crime and alerting you that activity has been detected outside your home is the absolute best way to help keep a criminal from entering your home and stealing your things or harming your family. This makes having front and backyard security pretty much priceless.
Yards to Secure
If you have a home, you probably have a front yard and a backyard. In fact, you probably also have a side yard or two as well. Protecting the areas outside your home is the best way to keep crime from actually entering your home. Here are some things to consider when installing a front and/or backyard security system.
Front Yard Security
When it comes to adding a security system to your front yard, you really need to assess the area and think it through thoroughly before doing anything. The worst thing you could do is to go out and buy something that ends up not being all that effective just because you didn't take the time to assess what you really needed.
Look at your front yard. Is it properly lit at night? How wide of an area do you need coverage? Is your yard close to a street or high traffic area that could result in excessive false alarms? Are there any blind spots so to speak where you might need additional or specialized security equipment to achieve the coverage you're looking for? Look around and make notes of what you see and the type of security equipment you think you might need. This will help when you shop for a front yard security system because it will make it easier to look for yard security packages that have what you need. Or, it might tell you that your situation is unique and you will probably have to customize a package to suit your particular needs.
Just like your front yard security, your backyard security is equally important if not more so. Many times backyards are more hidden and not as easily seen by neighbors or drive-by traffic, etc. Therefore, your backyard needs to be more fortified than your front yard.
You can go about doing this the same way you did for your front yard security. Take a look around. What do you see? Is your backyard well-lit at night? Do you have a large backyard that will need multiple lights, cameras, and other security equipment? Does your backyard contain any alcoves or hidden areas such as behind a shed, etc.? Taking the time to properly assess your backyard will help you determine what type of backyard security system you need, as well as the quantity of each component.
Once you have done your front and backyard assessments, you can confidently shop for an entire home security system and/or a smart home automation system, or just some standalone features that would provide just enough security for your front and backyard.
And…if you're thinking about taking the cheap way out by just putting out some fake yard signs—don't do it—and here's why.
Why Fake Alarm Yard Signs Are a Bad Idea
There are plenty of reasons that make fake alarm yard signs a bad idea. For example, even though some criminals really aren't all that smart, that doesn't keep them from watching your home to see what goes in and out, what you have, and whether or not you are arming and disarming an alarm when you come and go.
Additionally, most fake alarm yard signs contain fake names, and a quick Google search will reveal there is no such company, which then makes you an easy target because the criminal now knows for a fact, you don't have an alarm. This drastically reduces the chances of him/her getting caught versus having no sign at all leaving the criminal to wonder if you do or don't have an alarm. These are just a few of the reasons using a fake alarm yard sign is a bad idea, there are plenty more!
Yard Security Options
One of the best crime deterrents is lighting. Having the proper lighting in your front yard and backyard will drastically reduce your chances of becoming a crime victim. Floodlights will not only light up large areas, but they will also make it easier for a criminal to be seen, which helps when it comes to being able to provide details and specific identification features to the authorities.
If you don't already have a doorbell camera, it's time to get one. Doorbell cameras have prevented more potential crimes than almost any other security feature. This is because your doorbell camera can monitor the area around your door, and, depending on the brand you choose, it can also cover a wide range which could include your yard and possibly your driveway as well.
A doorbell camera monitors its designated area for activity and will send an alert to your mobile device if activity is detected so you can see what's happening and respond accordingly. Most doorbell cameras also come with a two-way talk feature that will enable you to communicate with whoever is on your property including a criminal. Many times, this alone is enough to deter a criminal and prevent a crime from happening in the first place.
Outdoor Security Cameras
Outdoor security cameras are another must have if you want to protect your property. Outdoor security cameras will record everything that's happening on your property. Or at the very least, will begin recording when motion is detected. An outdoor security camera will be there to protect your property when you can't be. They are your 24/7 eyes and will not only protect your front yard and backyard, but they can also protect your outdoor decor, sheds, vehicles, recreational equipment, AC equipment, and anything else you value. Outdoor security cameras can be strategically placed to cover hidden or dark spots around your home, which, in turn, will protect your family as they are coming and going. And, most outdoor cameras come with night vision, so you have the same coverage at night.
Motion Sensor Lights
Motion sensor lights are a great deterrent for crime because they come on when motion is detected. As you know, most criminals prefer the cover of darkness which makes it easier for them to commit a crime. However, if you have motion sensor lights installed, generally, when the lights suddenly come on, it will chase them away to find an easier target.
Legitimate Yard Signs
As we mentioned above, fake yard signs actually make you a bigger target for crime than not having one at all. Alternatively, legitimate yard signs are a crime deterrent. This is because when a criminal sees a legitimate yard sign with a big brand name company logo on it, they know you are fully covered and that you or a monitoring company is watching. But the one thing they don't know is to what extent you are covered and how extensive your security system is; therefore, they will pass up your home and move on to another one that appears to be more vulnerable.
Home Security System Options for Yards
If you are trying to protect your property and prevent a crime before it happens, you need top-quality equipment and a reputable security company you can count on. Here are our top three recommendations for front and backyard security.
Frontpoint is recommended because they offer highly-customizable home security systems which is extremely important. Because when it comes to protecting your front and backyards, every situation is different (unlike indoor security needs). Each property has unique features that require different types of outdoor security equipment and options to get the proper coverage. Frontpoint has also been one of the best home security systems on the market for many years now. Not to mention they are cellular and 100% wireless systems which make them easy to install, and, they can be accessed, monitored, and controlled remotely using a mobile app.
Vivint is recommended because of its technology and home automation features. Which means Vivint is perfect if you want an entire easy to use home security system that offers the convenience of home automation. Vivint's equipment is professionally installed (same day installation) so you don't have to spend your valuable time learning how to install it. Additionally, Vivint has exceptional indoor and outdoor security cameras, a doorbell camera with two-way talk, it's 100% wireless, and it's technologically advanced so it works well with your home automation system. And, they offer a mobile app so you will have full remote control and monitoring of your entire home security system at all times.
ADT is a well-known and trusted brand when it comes to home security systems with 140 years of experience in the industry. ADT is recommended because they offer a wide variety of equipment that will not only protect your home, they also have popular front and backyard security options as well. ADT offers either a wired or wireless system—your choice. They also offer indoor and outdoor cameras, video doorbells, home automation, and the ability to use and control everything remotely via a mobile app.