You spend a lot of time and money decorating your home and landscape design. With every change of the season, you must ensure that your home and landscape remain in the best condition possible. Working hard on residential and landscape maintenance produces a great feeling of peace and satisfaction. However, you must be aware of various other threats to your design.
Here are 5 effective landscaping tips to keep burglars away.
- Use Sounds to Your Advantage
Putting down some gravel or stones in beds and paths next to windows will help you to hear a would-be burglar’s footsteps clearly. Look for gravel that can blend in with the existing landscape design and it would make a loud crunching sound to alert homeowners about a potential intruder.
- Make a Thorny Surprise
Thorns help pack a punch. Placing thorn bushes in front of your windows may cause a potential intruder to rethink their plan. Plants such as needle bush, pear cacti and bird’s nest spruces are options. Be aware that any shrubs near the house must be trimmed low so that it won’t become a possible hiding place.
- Give Priority to Privacy
Thick shrubs and tall fencing are great for privacy, but by giving priority to the view of your home from the street, you make yourself vulnerable to burglars. Using principles from Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, you should use the shortest sight limiting fence for the situation.
- Brighten Up the Night
There should be adequate lighting solutions for your landscape at night. A lighting system should include all entries and other high-risk areas. Consider a motion-based lighting system that provides you with light as needed and allows you to see people who are approaching and let them know that they’ve been detected.
- Keep Bushes Trimmed
Thick shrubbery and bushes help burglars in hiding. Hence, it is always recommended to keep bushes and shrubs trimmed.
Burglary is one of the most common threats to your home. With a beautiful home landscape, not just your neighbors are attracted to it, but potential intruders as well. As a result, there is always a threat of burglary.