Today we are going to give a run down of ways in which you can make your garden more secure without compromising the experience and joy of your garden. People who break into homes and gardens usually do so on impulse, seeking out an easy target and then approaching. Homes that are burgled are rarely targeted and planned before hand so the best way to make your garden more secure is to make entering your garden less appealing.
You’ll have to check with your local planning office how high your fences can go, but a fence that is difficult to jump over or climb makes for an excellent deterrent for any thieves or burglars who may be scouting the area. Depending on the type of fence you have, you also have the option of crawling plants to grow over your fences which will further block the view of anything in your garden worth stealing, and hide any easy to access windows and doors that are leading to your home.
Hedges, bushes and trees
Hedges and bushes can grow to various heights and so lining the entry points of your garden with a very prickly hedge or bush is a great way to repel thieves and burglars. Holly bushes in particular are very good. Trees are a good way of blocking your garden from view, which means that any items for thieves are hidden and they also leave thieves guessing as to whether their entry to the garden can be seen or not, creating a level of insecurity that will act as a deterrent to entry.
If your garden has side or back access, or if you have a driveway then installing a gate is a good way to discourage thieves from entering the garden. Make sure you fit your gate with a high quality lock, this will serve as a great intruder deterrent.
Sensory lighting which activates according to movement is a good way to stop thieves from entering your garden. Although thieves cannot see the lights themselves, watching them go on and off from passing cats, birds and other creatures will generate enough lighting for a thief to believe that the garden (or a room near the garden) has people in it. Failing that, a thief who reaches your garden and activates the light will be scared off, believing that there is someone home.
If you have a driveway that leads to your garden, or some form of patio or exterior that is not grass, making sure that you use stones or gravel will make entering your garden a very noisy affair not worth undertaking for a burglar who is looking for a quick grab and run.
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Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for a tool hire company specializing in Edinburgh carpet cleaner hire .
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