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Anti Burglar Gardens
No matter what you do, a burglar will break into your home if they really want to. But you can decrease the chances of break-in by making your garden unattractive to burglars.
PLANT FOR SECURITY
Dense plantings and hedges may give you privacy, but they also shield your house from passers-by and neighbours. All entry points should be visible from the street and preferably also from neighbours’ windows.
Plants with thorns or tight intertwining branches can be used to deter burglars. Position them along the boundaries and under windows as a deterrent. Ask your Garden Centre staff about anti-burglar plants to suit your locality.
Sensor lights are cheap and very useful for providing extra security in areas that are heavily planted.
FENCING AND GATES
Fences need to be strong and the top needs to be either high enough to prevent it being climbed or made of a material that cannot be easily climbed. Gates should have a self-closing mechanism and be able to be locked.
Alarms are most effective when they are obvious. Install them at the front of the house, or have signs or stickers on windows stating that the house is protected by alarms.
A determined burglar can break through most security doors, but a solid door with a triple locking mechanism will significantly slow a burglar and increase the likelihood of them being seen.
A sign from a well-known security company can be a significant deterrent. Home owners sometimes put signs on their windows without subscribing to a security firm, but this offers no real protection.
MANAGING THE PROPERTY WHEN YOU’RE AWAY
If you plan to be away make arrangements to have your letterbox cleared, the grass mowed and, for longer periods, the garden beds weeded and watered. Remove anything that can assist a burglar including ladders and tools that can be used to break windows.
WHAT PROPERTIES ARE TARGETED?
The typical burglar is looking for quick and easy cash.
The following things will make their task simpler:
- Places to hide
- No obvious security measures
- No dog
- A long driveway
- Isolated from other houses
- A neighbourhood where most people are out during the day
- Houses in busy streets where activity is not likely to be noticed
- Obvious signs of affluence
- Corner properties with more options for entry or escape
by John Mason Dip.Hort.Sc.FIOH Principal ACS Distance Education