When planning your landscape, keep home safety in mind.
Most burglars are not the slick, sophisticated type seen in films; many break-ins are hastily planned.
A few strategic design decisions could provide the deterrent needed to make a potential burglar rethink their actions.
Security professionals and law enforcement often recommend the following environmental safety measures for homes:
- Reduce hiding spots. Avoid big hedges around the front of your property. Don’t plant large shrubs near windows or entryways, where potential intruders might hide from view. Be sure neighbors or passersby can see any suspicious activity.
- Use noisy ground cover. Using gravel on pathways and in areas near windows can amplify the sound of footsteps on your property. Trespassers might reconsider if they know they can be heard.
- Place low, thorny plants around entryways. Prickly plants like roses or yucca can deter an intruder looking to enter through a window.
- Light up the night. Well-placed LED lighting can add cost-effective curb appeal to your home and shine a light on anyone considering a break-in. Place motion-activated lights in dark corners.
- Hide your tools. Don’t make a burglar’s work easier by leaving them tools for breaking in. Keep ladders, shovels, and landscape tools locked up when not in use.
Choose plants and features that do double duty by making your landscape look good while also adding protection for your home.