Watch your back!
Besides securing your backyard patio door (see our section on Patio Door Security), there are additional things you can do to improve the security of your backyard itself. You can restrict access to your backyard, make it unfriendly to them, and disallow burglars to use your things against you. Burglars prefer not to carry tools on them, so don't inadvertently help them!
Fencing and hedges can help keep people off your property and make escape more challenging but make sure line of sight is preserved. Avoid privacy fencing (wood) over 4 feet tall and keep access gates locked.
Remove or secure ladders, rain barrels, firewood or other objects that are against walls and allow climbing up to the second floor windows.
Secure tools that can be used to break & enter such as crowbars, hammers, prybars and screwdrivers.
Avoid having loose interlocking bricks and bigger landscaping stones that can used to break windows.