Crime Prevention and Fences
Many residential burglars break into homes at the back of the house. Here are a few tips on fences to make it harder for burglars to get access the back of your home.
- What’s your goal regarding a fence? Noise reduction, privacy, limiting access?
- Fences define territory. They control access, create barriers and send a visual message when one is entering private space from public space. What message does your fence send?
- Ideally, a fence should be tall enough to define private space, but not too tall to cut off good sight lines from neighboring homes or passers-by.
- A solid fence (brick, cinderblock, etc) is easy to climb and a target for graffiti.
- An open fence (slats, wrought iron, chain link, etc) sends a message of private space, but does not cut off sight lines.
- If you decide on a chain link fence, make sure the bottom is well secured so the fence can’t be lifted up or bent back to gain entry to your property.
- Avoid placing objects by your fence that can be used to climb it (patio furniture, trash bins, large gardening containers).
- Burglars seek out the back of your home due to limited sight lines. They don’t want to be seen and reported to police.
- What is going through an offender’s mind is: “Will I be seen?” “If I am seen, will anyone around here call police?” and “How fast can I get in and out of the area?”
- Study the variety of fencing and chose what works for you and your family.
Report anyone climbing a fence to enter a back yard to 242-COPS.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist, APD, Foothills Area Command
“Be a neighbor to a human being and not to a fence” – Kenyan Proverb