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Have a Garage or a Barn? Here’s How to Keep It Safe from Intruders

Your garage, barn, or shed are valuable parts of your property, especially when they contain vehicles, grains, animals, equipment, or tools. If you are concerned about vandals damaging these out-buildings or thieves stealing your possessions, consider implementing affordable security options to keep criminals away.

Motion Detectors

Installing a motion detector sensor can automatically turn on a bright light or even a flood light in the direction of the sound near or on your outdoor premises. You might prefer a motion detector light with an accompanying alarm or siren. This will not only alert you about activity on your property but also likely scare away the intruder. You can install as many as needed to cover the doors and windows leading to your garage and outbuildings.

Guard Dog

Keeping an outside dog to guard the property is often effective because criminals will often avoid homes where they know a dog is kept outside. Your pet may be contained in a fenced-in yard with a visible or invisible boundary. The dog could also sleep inside an outbuilding and growl or bark if a stranger approaches. Another option is to keep your pet in a doghouse or a dog run at night where it can see anyone trespassing on your property. Some homeowners keep their dogs in the house, but if a dog barks from inside, the owner will let the dog out to see what’s wrong. Since thieves usually watch a property in advance of breaking in, the dog will probably be enough to deter criminal activity.


Depending on the layout of your property and the area you live in, you might be able to install tall fencing to discourage intruders. Barbed wire is restricted to limited use, but you could ask the local town council or law enforcement agency whether it’s allowed on your property. Heavy shrubs around the perimeter of your property might make it difficult for robbers to access your buildings.

Door and Window Locks

One of the most common and reliable methods of securing your outbuildings is by installing strong door locks and window locks, preferably with alarms. A professional locksmith can handle the job conveniently and affordably and may post an alert or warning sign on your property to deter break-ins. You might want to ask about video surveillance with a security system, which can help to capture images of anyone trying to break in.

Keep all your buildings safe by enhancing outdoor security. Consider strategies like these to prevent property destruction and theft.

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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