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How to Improve Your Security And Privacy

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At times it doesn't seem worthwhile to answer your door what with the constant barrage of door-do-door salesmen and other annoyances and even criminals checking out your home. If you do choose to answer your door and discover a door-to-door salesman there, it may be difficult to get rid of them and they'll inevitably continue to harrass you and keep returning until they sell you that latest gadget you just can't live without.

The only way to prevent a repeat of this scenario and prevent unwanted visitors from constantly bothering you is to setup a protective barrier between your door and the street. A 10 foot high electric fence may be impractical, but even a basic fence should help. You might consider installing a basic decorative fence around your yard, along with a locking gate, to keep solicitors away.

Certainly a fence is one good solution to increase your privacy, but not all yards are able to have a fence properly built on them. You might consider using a gate that blocks entry to your porch or front door and keep the gate locked at all times. The whole point is to make it more difficult for uninvited guests to approach your door. By making it more difficult for salesman and solicitors and even snoops to reach you, a number of them will just give up and move on.

A fence or locked gate is one solution, but you might also consider having a dog. Certainly a barking dog can be quite effective since trespassers can't ignore a dog that's barking in their faces. Barking dogs are become much more common these days, however, the effectiveness of a dog to scare off unwanted guests greatly depends on the disposition and character of the dog.

Most dogs bark when a stranger approaches, although dogs won't necessarily prevent someone from coming to your door unless you've trained it do so. Door-to-door salesman and snoops are used to dealing with dogs and many of them simply ignore the dog and proceed to your door anyway. On the other hand, if the dog has a violent nature and acts as if its going to to strike, then the situation changes quickly. If the salesman or snoop senses the dog is ready to bite, he may just stop in his tracks, turn around and high tail it out of there rather than risk the chance of being bitten by an angry dog.

However, blood training a dog or putting it on steroids to keep unwanted visitors away isn't necessary. All you want is an aggressive dog that stands his ground to help you maintain your privacy. A solicitor trying to get to your front door will inevitably move on rather than face the possible dangers of an aggressive dog.

There are several ways you can improve the security and privacy of your home such as installing a home surveillance systems. To try to control solicitors, fencing with a locked gate may be the best solution. However, if this isn't possible, you might try the dog solution or investigate other options. In this day and age, privacy and security is very important so take the time to check out all your many options for added safety and security for yourself and your family.



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