Most of us think of landscaping as a way to improve the attractiveness of our home for both ourselves and for others. Some realize that enhanced curb appeal can also play a role in resale value. But few understand the significance it can have in preventing break ins. Would-be thieves see your landscaping quite differently than the casual onlooker, and unless you’ve been on that side of the fence, you probably have no clue what they’re looking for.
Mark Out Your Property Lines
You might not realize that marking your property line can be significant, but it is. Whether you choose to set your yard off with a traditional fence, a row of plants, a hedge of bushes, or other ornamental displays, the point is to mark it. Be sure to keep the height low enough to keep your home visible from the street; you don’t want your marked territory to backfire and end up providing privacy for a burglar or prowler.
Create a Hostile Environment
Okay, you don’t want to be too hostile — this is your yard after all! But planting a few plants with thorns or spikes which could scratch or ensnare a would-be thief might be just enough to encourage them to skip your place and traipse across the less painful-looking landscaping down the street.
Keep Plants Trimmed and Low
Whenever possible, create a clear line of sight across your property and especially from the road to your home. Keep trees trimmed and bushes low. If trees are close enough to your home’s windows to be used to provide access, make sure any low-lying branches are trimmed so they don’t offer a boost for a burglar wanting to enter a second story window.
Consider Sights and Sounds
Most burglaries occur at night, and they’re far more likely on properties where thieves can easily break in without being noticed. If you have a well-lit landscape, you’ll make it that much more difficult for an unwanted guest to sneak in. Lights can be tactfully added to illuminate entryways, storage areas, and driveways — any place a prowler might go on his or her way to break into your home. Motion-activated lights can be especially effective in alerting you or your neighbors to a potential prowler, too. In addition to light, noise can become a deterrent. For instance, pea gravel will allow a snooper to make noise with each step, lessening the chances of entering, undetected.
When you’ve invited guests over for dinner or your home has a showing, you want positive “curb appeal.” But when you’re away from home, you want your landscaping to be unappealing to would-be criminals; thankfully, you can be strategic and choose carefully and end up accomplishing both aims.
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