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The Perils of Privacy
Privacy gates and fences might make you feel more secure, but in fact they often provide hiding spots and cover for thieves who want to force entry into your home. The same traits that allow fences to give you privacy from the outside world can allow an intruder to be unseen as he forces entry.
Of course, the layout of every home and property is unique. But if possible, plan your privacy fencing so that at least the main entryway is visible from the street. Doors are by far the most common entry point for criminals, and a highly visible door makes their job more difficult. Even better is a reinforced door, and a door upgrade is a very rewarding DIY project.
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Hiding Keys Outside
Many people like to keep a house key hidden somewhere in the yard. This is great for having someone take care of your home or if you accidentally get locked out. Unfortunately, most homeowners “hide” their key in obvious spots, where a burglar will look immediately. In other words, don’t just put that key under the welcome mat!
Generally speaking, the further from the house a key is hidden the better, and a disguised item (such as a fake rock) is only useful if hidden among similar items (like regular rocks). Don’t give the keys to your home to a criminal! Drill down deeper into this topic and find out more about where not to hide your keys.