Defending Against Home Invasion and the Importance of a Reliable Fence

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Home invasions are violent, horrific crimes that are perpetrated with surprising regularity in the United States. A homeowner must be proactive when it comes to protecting against a home invasion.

You need to keep in mind that a home invasion occurs in all types of neighborhoods. There truly is not type of neighborhood that is immune from home invasions.

One strategy you can employ as part of a comprehensive security plan at your home is to add a fence around your property. This includes not only the more commonplace fence around the back yard, but a fence that extends around the premises and includes side and front yards as well.

 

Startling Statistics Regarding Home Invasions

Before a discussion about the specifics of a security fence at your residence is undertaking, a consideration of statistics about home invasions is important. These stats will undoubtedly shock you. However, they should also serve as a call to arms when it comes to boosting the security of your home.

If you are like most people, you undoubtedly believe that nearly all assaults occur in locations like hardscrabble neighborhoods or pubs and taverns. The shocking reality is that 38 percent of all assaults reported to law enforcement are the result of home invasions. What’s even more alarming is that 60 percent of all rapes in the United States are the result of home invasions.

In the grand scheme of thinks, 20 percent of all people in the United States will be the victims of home invasion at some juncture in their lifetimes. In other words, one in five people will be the targets of a home invader.

 

Home Invaders Response to Any Type of Security System

There is light at the end of the proverbial tunnel when it comes to home invasions. 60 percent of criminals involved in home invasions have stated that they would never even consider attempting a crime at a residence that demonstrated the presence of any type of security system. In many ways, nothing more clearly demonstrates a commitment to home security than the presence of a fence surrounding the perimeter of a residence.

 

A Bit More than a Picket Fence

You do not need to turn your residence into a fortified encampment in order to properly protect your family from a home invasion. On the other hand, a petite picket fence will not do the trick either.

You need to come up with a solid fence, measuring about seven feet tall, that fully encompasses all sides of your home. This includes the front, back, and both sides.

 

Gates Along the Fence

No matter how convenient multiple gates within a fence intended for home security may be, you are wise to limit the access ways into your property to one gate. Because of the need to take your car or cars in and out of your property, the gate logically would be on situated at the end of your home’s driveway.

With this placement in mind, there are some additional facts that you will want to bear in mind when it comes to the gate at the end of the driveway, you will want to consider seriously installing one that opens electronically. By installing a gate of this type, you minimize your exposure to the criminal element because you never need to leave the safety of your vehicle to open the gate.

In addition to being able to remotely open the gate onto your property, you will want to install cameras on the fence, including at the gate. By installing a camera or cameras in this manner, you are able to ascertain who is calling. If you confirm that the person at the gate is someone you welcome to your home, you can activate the gate and let that person in from the comfort of your own home.

 

Adding Value to Your Home

In this day and age, nearly anyone looking to buy a home is going to consider the security of the premises. A person house hunting is going to find a residence that comes complete with a decent fence around the perimeter a plus.

A house hunter is likely to have at least some understand about how a fence encompassing the premises makes a residence less appealing to the criminal element. If they are not well versed in this reality, you will be able to make this reality a selling point. There is plenty of credible data that supports the fact that an all encompassing fence significantly enhanced the security of a home.

 

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Jessica Kane is a writer for Viking Fence, the number on fence rental company in Houston.

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Make Moving More Accessible

BathtubMoving into a new home can be a monumental task for anyone, but it may present additional challenges to those with a disability. If you count yourself among the more than 54 million Americans living with a disability or share a home with someone who does, here is some advice to help make moving more manageable.

 

House-Hunting Considerations

When searching for a home, it’s important to ensure that it is adaptable for future needs. For instance, if you have mobility issues, you might not need to use a wheelchair now, but that could change some time down the road. Educational material from Easterseals suggests looking for a property with the following structural features that will make modifications easier to accomplish:

  • A relatively flat site for your home that has paved walkways from the driveway and sidewalk areas to your door.
  • A ground-level entrance or an entrance with only one or two steps that avoids any major obstructions such as trees.
  • Building corners that could accommodate a ramp with a slope not more than 1 inch in height for every foot in length.
  • No steps or changes in levels on the main floor.
  • Wider-than-standard doorways that are at least 32″ in width, and thresholds that are no more than a half-inch high.
  • Hallways that are at least 42 inches wide.
  • At least one large, full bathroom with a 32-inch clear door opening and clear 5×5-foot floor space.
  • A kitchen large enough for easy wheelchair mobility.

 

Planning for Modifications

Depending on your disability, you may need to make modifications before you can move in. If that’s the case, you should budget the time and money it will take to make those accessibility adjustments. The national average cost to remodel a home with disability accommodations is $4,936 according to HomeAdvisor.

Part of the wide price range can be attributed to the different needs of disabled people. For example, some with hearing loss may just need special smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and doorbells with visual alerts installed, while others who use a wheelchair may need exterior ramps, wider doorways, lower cabinets and appliances, and a curbless shower stall, among other modifications. It’s also worth noting that the federal Fair Housing Act requires landlords to allow tenants to make reasonable accommodations to certain rental homes, apartments, and condos, although the renter may have to pay for the accomodations.

Fortunately, there are many agencies and organizations that offer grants, loans, and other resources to help people with disabilities make their homes safer and more comfortable. And some accessibility modifications may be tax deductible because they qualify as necessary medical expenses. State and federal health and human services agencies are a good place to start when researching available resources.

 

Making the Move

Similarly, there are agencies and organizations that offer financial assistance to help people with disabilities cover moving costs. Some moving companies may also provide discounts or specialized services for clients with disabilities, so it pays to start researching and scheduling early.

Otherwise, experts advise people with disabilities implement many of the same strategies as anyone else who’s relocating to a new home. Decluttering your current home will make packing and unpacking easier. And numbering each box and maintaining a list of each box’s contents will make unpacking and organizing go much faster.

Other chores might be particularly important for some people with disabilities. For example, you want to be sure to refill prescriptions and find healthcare providers whose offices are convenient to your new home.

Try implementing these tips to make house hunting, renovations, and moving as simple and stress free as possible. Soon you’ll be able to settle in and start enjoying your new home.