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Safe Landscaping to Deter Thieves

September 19, 2014
One of the aspects of home security that is most often neglected by homeowners is landscaping. While many people may find this strange, it is a fact that your landscaping choices can make a significant impact on how inviting a target your home is for burglars. If you want to keep your home as safe as possible, follow these landscaping tips to keep thieves from targeting your home.

Keep the Grass Cut

You may think that how your lawn looks has no bearing on your home’s safety, but you are wrong. The truth is that an unkempt lawn is a sign of a home that is a potential target for thieves. When burglars see a lawn that is overgrown, they may think that the homeowners are away on vacation. For this reason, you need to keep your lawn cut at all times. Make sure that you get someone to take care of this for you while you are away on vacation.

You Don’t Want a Jungle

Thieves rely on stealth more than anything else when it comes to plying their trade. Therefore, they are always on the lookout for homes that offer them the best chances of remaining undetected when they are burglarizing them. For this reason, burglars are always on the lookout for yards that have lots of overgrown bushes, trees and plants that will conceal their movements. You need to make sure that your keep your yard’s plant life well-trimmed and fairly open if you want to make your home less inviting for thieves.

Natural Defenses

On the other hand, there are some plants out there that will deter thieves. For example, if you plant rosebushes along the perimeter of your home, the thorns will help to prevent thieves from entering your yard. The Washington hawthorn is a thorny tree that will achieve the same effect. The pyracantha plant is a very beautiful plant, and it has sharp leaves that will slice up and burglars who are foolish enough to try to make their way through it. Looking for plants that have sharp defenses like this is a great way to use landscaping to keep prowlers off your property.

Keep Your Windows Clear

Oftentimes, homeowners are tempted to plant bushes and trees in front of their windows to achieve a privacy effect. However, this privacy is a sword that cuts two ways. Although it keeps neighbors from peering into your windows, it also keeps them from seeing burglars who are trying to jimmy those same windows. It is better for you to use curtains to keep prying eyes out.

Don’t Give Them a Natural Ladder

You also don’t want to keep trees close to the house for another reason. Thieves who see trees next to a house see a natural ladder that they can use to easily gain entrance to the top story of the house. Don’t let them do this. Make sure that you keep trees trimmed and far enough away from the house so that they cannot be used to gain entry.