It may sound strange, but the very lot your home resides on could be an extra line of defense in thwarting off thieves and burglars. While a home security system crucial part of any security strategy, there are additional measures a homeowner can take to improve security and safety before a thief even enters your property.
If you have a yard, here are some tips to turn your garden into a security system of its own:
Clean Up – If your yard is covered with tall grass or overgrown trees and shrubs – it may be more difficult for a neighbor to spot a burglar looking around or attempting to break into your property. Overbearing shrubs and untamed gardens are an ideal hiding space for looky-loos and sneaky visitors. Also, a well-manicured yard signifies an equally maintained home. If you appear to care about the investment of your property, chances are thieves will also get the impression that you’d do what it takes to protect it.
Thorn Up – There are a wide variety of plants that are both beautiful and pack a mean punch. Consider adding rose bushes and pyracantha near windows, or Washington hawthorn around the perimeter and Japanese barberry (for hedges). For a complete list of shrubs that do well in our Missouri climate, check out this helpful link (pdf) from the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
Put Up Barriers – erecting a tall fence and gates around your garden is another great way to keep unwanted intruders out. Be sure to have locks or latches on all entrances to your yard.
Don’t be a Target – keep expensive items away from peering eyes. Arrange large screen TV’s and other valuables away from windows. Always lock up lawn equipment in a secure shed or garage, as these items are quick and easy to steal.
While security company signs are sometimes a deterrent, they aren’t always seen – so be sure that you place signs that are easily visible. Use a combination of yard signs and window decals to let potential thieves know your home is protected. Also, if you have a dog, let thieves know. A “beware of dog” sign is in expensive addition to your yard security strategy.
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