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June 5, 2015

Pole Barn Security: Keep Your Barn Safe from Intruders

When you think of a pole barn, what do you imagine is inside of it? Farm equipment? Your collection of antique cars? Old furniture? A working wood shop? A guest house or residence? Whatever it is, chances are it's not something you'd like to see stolen or vandalized.

Unless you plan on keeping it empty, as a decorative piece (we wouldn't blame you), your pole barn is going to need some kind of security system in place to protect what's inside of it. Let's take a look at some tips and best practices for keeping your pole barn safe and secure from intruders.

  • Examine the outside of your pole barn, and get rid of anything that criminals could use to gain access to windows or other potential entry points. This includes ladders, steps, rocks, and more.
  • Make sure the barn is adequately lit at night time, especially if it's in a more remote area of your property. Criminals don't want to be seen, and lights will serve as a functional deterrent.
  • Keep any window and doors closed and locked any time you're not inside.

In addition to these general common-sense tips, there are proactive steps that can be taken when your pole barn is being built or renovated to make access by thieves and burglars less likely.

  • Any sliding or garage-style doors should lock with a heavy deadbolt from the inside of the building. Sectional steel overhead doors are superior to normal sliding garage doors in terms of security, but should also be secured from within.
  • One of the easiest ways to break into any structure is to simply kick in the entry door. If your pole barn has a standard house-style entry door, make sure it has steel jambs with high quality knobs and deadbolt locks.
  • When it comes to windows, fewer is safer than more. If you plan on using you pole barn primarily for storage or another purpose that doesn't require much natural light, consider installing translucent e eave lighting in lieu of standard double-hung windows at eye level.

Finally, there are always more high-tech options. Motion alarms, glass break sensors, and door contact sensors can all be rigged to any pole barn, custom rigged for your specific structure's weak points and design. Even a loud audio-only alarm could be enough to discourage a potential thief from sticking around, in addition to letting you know that someone's where they shouldn't be. You can also set up alarms that automatically alert police when they're tripped.

If you're in the market for a new pole barn and you want to make sure it's as safe and secure as possible, contact The Pole Barn Company to learn more about having a quality barn built to your specifications.

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