The need to secure your lawn furniture is becoming more evident every day. Our love of the outdoors leads us to the purchase of comfortable lawn furniture. We would like to know that it will be in the backyard when we are ready to use it. A few simple precautions will prevent or at least deter the thieves.
- Installing lighting is the greatest deterrent to crime. The lights can be either spotlights or floodlights. They should illuminate the dark areas behind walls, trees, and other obstructions. The lights should be mounted high enough to prevent the thief from easily unscrewing them.
- Installing battery operated alarms is an inexpensive stumbling block for the would-be thieves. These alarms will sound when the gate or door is opened. Ensure that you keep strong batteries in the alarm. Ultrasonic alarms are also available; however they are a bit more costly. Wireless intercom will allow you to hear noises at selected locations around the house.
- Using gravel in the driveway, as well as the access to the garden or backyard, provides an audible warning of uninvited guests.
- Construct as much fencing and lockable gates as possible around the yard. That way you'll at least slow the burglar down, if he is trying to remove large pieces of furniture.
- Plant a living barrier around the yard, such as thorny shrubs; this will give you some pleasure, while it will restrict the access of thieves.
- Post a beware of dog sign. You don't really need a dog, just make the thief think you do. Video cameras are fairly inexpensive, the fake ones are even more cost effective.
- Chain the furniture together - it's effective as long as you use a large enough chain, one that is not easily broken.
- Attaching the furniture to the ground or the floor of the patio is another option.
The bottom line is if the thief wants to steal something badly enough, he is going to find a way to do it. Your job is to make it too hard for him to get your lawn furniture, and he will move on to another prospect.