It is great having an outdoor patio area for your Perth home, allowing you to enjoy the perks of the beautiful weather that we have throughout the state. However, this inviting outdoor space can also present security risks for your home, as your patio can provide an easier way for thieves to break into your home. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself:
Install a Patio Lock on Your Gate
You have locks on all the doors leading into your home. Your patio should be no different. Putting a lock on your gate or fence can be the extra deterrent needed to send potential burglars heading for another house, rather than yours. Locks are relatively inexpensive and can really make the difference between your patio being safe and unsafe. If you plan to hide a key to your patio outside your home, make sure that it is well hidden in something like a key safe so you don’t give thieves the easy access that they desire.
Provide a Line of Sight from the Outside
Your neighbours can be some of your greatest assets in protecting your home while you are away. Make sure that there is a line of sight into your patio area. Although this will compromise your privacy a bit, it can also mean the difference between your house getting broken into and staying safe. Thieves look for areas where they can break into homes without being detected so they will be less likely to choose yours if there is a risk that your neighbours might be watching. If you are friendly with your neighbours, you can ask them to alert you to any suspicious activity in your patio area, especially when you are out of town.
Carefully Consider Your Patio Design
It’s also wise to consider how you can enhance your patio design to cater for both privacy and security at the same time. Professional patio builders will be able to provide some great advice. We recently spoke with Brett Woods from Great Aussie Patios who said:
Larger residential complexes are fast becoming the norm in Perth and with this comes a different take on patio designs as these complexes are often secured with locked gates. Patio designs are required to be of the same. With security in mind, the design of the patio will sometimes need to incorporate gates which means altering post sizes to suit possible locks or adding extra steel supports for future screening and gates”.
Security Stickers and/or Security Systems
Security systems and cameras are a great deterrent to thieves as it’s an extra hurdle in their way. Even if you put up ‘fake’ alarm boxes and cameras, it’s going to help stop them from wanting to come into your patio and home. Security stickers are cheap and easy to pop on fences/doors and gates.
Install Patio Bolts on Your Doors and Windows
Since patios are a target for those looking to break into your home, you’ll want to ensure that the doors and windows in this area are as secure as possible. Patio bolts are quick and easy to install on your doors and windows and will make it that much more difficult for thieves to gain access. You have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to patio bolts, so you are sure to find a style that meets the needs of your windows and doors while still matching with the style and colours of your home.
Trust Lock, Stock & Farrell for All Your Locksmith Needs
Here at Lock, Stock & Farrell, we can assist you with all your patio locking needs. We have been operating in Perth for two decades, so we have the experience and expertise to get the job done accurately and efficiently. We work hard to keep our rates as affordable as possible for our valued clients. Don’t wait until after a break-in to start taking your patio and home security seriously; get in touch with us today to lock up your patio and prevent a break-in from ever happening to you in the first place!