Clever gardening tips to deter burglarsSafer Stronger North Somerset
Spring is in the air and if you’re thinking of tidying up your garden, some clever planting could also make your home safer.
Creative crops could provide the perfect crime prevention as well as a lovely outdoor space for you and your family. Avon and Somerset Police has some top tips for a beautiful garden:
Grow hedging to act as a barrier
Plants have evolved over millions of years to protect themselves – and they can also help protect your home. Species with spiky leaves or thorns will make burglars think twice before trying to pass through or climb them. Berberis, hawthorn or blackthorn are ideal and there are some evergreen variations to provide year-round protection.
Use fruit or veg wisely
Fruit or veg plots can act as a secondary line of defence. Try growing rows of spiky gooseberries or the Szechuan pepper plant. They will make an exit route uncomfortable for anyone trying to make a quick escape.
Plant something spiky under windows
Rose bushes under windows not only look pretty but will also put off burglars trying to scope out what’s on offer inside your home.
Hide outbuildings with bushes and hedges
Hide small sheds or outbuildings containing valuables such as bikes or electric garden tools. Evergreen hedges like laurel, escallonia and grisalinia grow quickly to form a covering, as well as adding more green to your garden.
Lock your gate and check fences are fully secure
Closed and locked gates act as a great psychological deterrent. Check fences aren’t broken as they create a physical defence to anyone trying to gain entry to your garden. Make them doubly secure by adding a trellis to the top, which will make a loud noise if it’s broken and alert you to any trespassers.