Whether one talks about an urban house or a rural one, security from intruders and thieves is definitely one of the biggest concerns for any house owner.
Rural areas are more prone to such issues due to lack of security and job opportunities as most of the industries are located in urban localities.
Due to this reason, it’s absolutely imperative to equip oneself with the right tools to protect one’s property in a rural setting.
Fortunately, advancement in technology and security are now providing great options to equip house owners in rural areas to protect themselves from trespassers and livestock predators.
Mentioned below are 7 useful and effective ideas to keep your rural home safe and secure from external threats:
1. Building a Fence Around the House
Building a fence around the perimeter of a rural house is a sure shot way to create distinguished boundaries and keep trespassers and livestock predators away from the vicinity.
It not only helps you to know your property line but also clearly defines that it entails a private property not to be trespassed by strangers.
Moreover, it also prevents any wildlife from entering the premises to attack the livestock or harm it anyway and also prevents any livestock from escaping out of their pastures.
A fence can be of several different kinds including wooden fence, barbed wire fence, electric fence and so on. There are multiple options to choose from both really simple and highly sophisticated as well.
The type of fence you should opt for your property depends entirely on your security needs; how secure you want your fence to be; how much money and time are you willing to invest in building it.
With the right fence, most trespassers and livestock predators can be warded off and prevented from setting foot on the property.
2. Keeping a Guard Dog
Keeping a guard dog is one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to secure your rural home.
Dogs are not only intimidating for intruders, but they also make a lot of noise which attracts attention and keeps trespassers away.
However, one important thing to keep in mind is that there is a common misconception about guard dogs and watchdogs.
Both are often used interchangeably but the truth is that they both serve two different purposes.
A watchdog simply works by raising an alarm at times of unusual activity in the vicinity of the rural house and will continue making noise until the owner is aware of the intrusion.
Whereas the guard dog will not only alarm the owner of any unusual activity but will also resist and protect the house and its owners by confronting the intruder.
Due to this reason, it is imperative to decide accordingly and keep a dog that serves the intended purpose.
3. Installing Surveillance Cameras
Another great way to ward of any intruders and secure your rural house is to install surveillance cameras.
Today’s modern surveillance cameras are extremely efficient and allow you to sync surveillance to your mobile phone for you to be able to see any activity from wherever you are and to alert you of any unwanted activity at any time.
Surveillance cameras also allow you to keep a check on several different areas of the property all at the same time.
Some key areas to install surveillance cameras in your rural house to ensure optimal protection are:
- The entrance to the house.
- Around the perimeter of the house.
- Near the entrances and exits.
- Near the sheds, barns and garages.
Installing surveillance cameras outdoor and syncing it with your mobile devices will not only identify any unusual activity on your land but will also keep a record of it.
4. Setting up Alarms
Most rural homes have multiple buildings spread out on large land and keeping an eye on these buildings at all times is not humanly possible.
At the same time, it is crucial to ensure that all such buildings are secured, especially if there are any valuables stored inside.
Placing alarms in all such buildings is an effective way to ensure the safety and security of your rural house.
Such alarms activate as soon as a door or window is opened or when there is any unusual activity within the premises.
Most modern alarms also have the feature of sending alerts to your mobile devices.
There are some alarms that along with sending alerts to your phone also alarm the monitoring centres who immediately send security in case of breakage or intrusion.
5. Putting up Warning Signs
Sometimes people accidentally set foot on private property, especially if such property is close to a hunting ground or other public areas for example.
Although, warning signs will not ward off anyone who has ill intentions and is trying to trespass your property, putting up warning signs are important nonetheless to not only protect you in terms of legal matters but also prevent any unnecessary triggering of security alarms caused by people who have accidentally trespassed.
Warning signs such as “No Trespassing” or “Beware of Dog” are really effective in keeping trespassers away.
Sometimes changing the words of the warning sign from the ones that are used usually creates more impact as well, for example, “Warning: Guard Dog on Duty”.
6. Installing Motion Activated Spotlights
As the name suggests these spotlights activate upon sensing motion. Not only does this help you find your way in the dark but this also helps detect any intrusion at night time.
Due to this reason, these motion activated spotlights are rapidly gaining popularity and are extremely helpful to keep trespassers away.
It is important to note that electricity is required for these lights to work, however, there are some solar powered options to explore as well when it comes to motion activated spotlights.
To protect any valuables, place these lights near the places where such valuables are stored.
In order to protect livestock, place motion activated spotlights near pastures, pens and coops along with places where livestock is fed and where garbage is stored.
7. Utilizing Technology for Security
Due to the fact that technology has advanced so much, any house owner can easily keep an eye on their valuables from anywhere in the world at any time.
Such technology allows you to utilize your mobile device to lock or unlock doors and gates, control thermostats and lights, arm or disarm the security system and be able to see live or recorded video footage and the best part is that all these features can be at your fingertips at all times.
The level of security through using technology can be adjusted according to an individual’s needs, for example, the homeowner can be notified of certain activities such as opening and closing a door.
In case of any breakage, authorities and monitoring centres are immediately notified and the house owner also has the option to be notified at once of any intrusion.
Moreover, other notifications can be received as well, for example, being notified about the children coming home from school or play, etc.
Thanks to the advancement in modern technology and an array of security options now available to choose from, it has become easier than ever to find the best security solution for your rural house in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Picking and choosing one or a combination of these security ideas can not only help put your mind at ease but also effectively secure your rural house.