In addition to contracting security guard services for your home, there are a number of steps you can take to make your property safer and to deter criminals from targeting it. One of these – a particularly simple and relatively low-cost one – is to improve your exterior lighting. Why, you might ask, does this make such a difference?
Criminals work in the shadows
Burglars often rely on the cover of darkness to go about their business without being seen. By giving your property decent coverage with outdoor lighting, you can eliminate their options when it comes to hiding places. If they know that they are likely to be seen, either by you, passers-by or patrolling security guards, they are less likely to attempt a break-in.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to light up your property all night long. A better option would be motion-sensors. Using these, the lights come on as soon as there is any movement in your yard, drawing immediate attention to a possible intrusion. These lights can be set according to your preferences regarding the length of time they stay on, as well as the detection range.
Make security guards’ jobs easier
For security guards doing night patrols, properties that are relatively well lit are a real help. Guards could possibly even spot suspicious activity from the road. If they are called out after an alarm activation, good lighting will help them to search your property better and check all possible hiding places.
Outdoor lighting varies widely in price from low-cost, easy-to-install solutions to more elaborate products. Whatever your budget range, you can usually find something that will bring a decent amount of illumination to your yard and help increase your peace of mind.