These days you need more than just a conventional burglar alarm to protect your home; you also need an electric fence — one, in fact, just like the fence used by one clever homeowner to keep a thug from even trying to invade his home in the first place.
In a video uploaded to YouTube a couple years back, the would-be burglar could be seen approaching the electric fence surrounding the homeowner’s house and briefly touching it to test out its strength.
What he discovered he surely did not like.
Upon touching the fence, he withdrew his hand in apparent pain and quickly scampered off as the homeowner laughed with glee.
As noted by Home Security Geeks, an electric fence “is a barrier that uses electric shocks to deter animals or people from crossing a boundary.”
And it’s very useful.
“Electric fences are an effective way to prevent theft or any intrusion from happening,” the site, which provides home security reviews and research, noted. “Most often, with signs which warn of an electric fence, would-be intruders simply go away or move on to an easier target.”
But in case they do try and successfully penetrate your home, that’s when your burglar alarm would come into play.
While electric fences aren’t commonly seen in the United States, they do play a pertinent security role in South Africa, which hosts one of the highest murder rates in the world.
“In South Africa, nothing says ‘Home Sweet Home’ like 10-foot walls, electric fencing, burglar bars, and at least one panic button wired directly to an armed-response team, licensed to shoot, if not kill,” explained Scott Baldauf in a post for The Christian Science Monitor published 11 years ago.
“It’s not the sort of thing you put in a tourist brochure,” he added. “But South Africa, statistically speaking, is one of the most dangerous places in the world to live.”
And though America is still a long way off from ever becoming as violent as South Africa — though the Ferguson Effect certainly brought us closer — it never hurts to take extra precautions.
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