These days, home burglary and robbery incidents are all over the news, you won’t know if your home could be next. In saying that, there are things you could do to enhance the security of your home. Apart from installing cameras, clever landscaping design can actually stop unwanted guests from breaking into your home. Below are some smart landscaping tips to make your home more secure and beautiful.
1. Trim Bushes, Hedges, Shrubs
Bushes, hedges and shrubs normally create perfect hiding spots for burglars. It is recommended to keep your bushes length to three feet or less. Trimming them regularly will not only increase the overall visual appeal of your property, but also increase your visibility from your home to the street. Plant small bushes rather than giant ones if possible.
Make sure you never leave any garden tools around in your yard as these can be used to break windows to gain access to your house. In case you are planning a getaway and no one will be at home, hire a garden mowing service to keep your natural lawn in tip top shape. A neglected or overgrown lawn may give intruders a clear signal that you are away and that it’s the perfect opportunity to invade the house.
2. Trim Trees
Trees provide shades and beauty to your property. However, overgrown trees with long limbs actually act as ideal entry points to your balconies or the upstairs windows. Make sure your trees are trimmed and planted as far away from your home as possible. Ensure the trees don’t block the street view from your entryways or windows as the more visible these areas from the street or a neighbor’s house, the less likely your house will be targeted by burglars.
3. Plant Shrubs that have thorns
Another smart landscaping tip is to plant shrubs with thorns such as holly or rose. These make it hard for criminals to hide in your yard. Ensure they are not big enough to provide any hiding spots. These bushes and flowers can be planted near or under windows that are easy to get into. You can also plant a climbing rose on your fence to discourage burglars from breaking into your property.
4. Use Gravel in Your Yard
Using gravel in landscaping can make a difference in keeping your home more secure. Simply pour gravel on your walkways, by the windows, back and side doors. This way, if someone walks on the gravel, the loud crunching noise will alert you.
5. Use Outdoor Lighting
Breaking into a house at night becomes much easier when there is no lighting around your home. Most homeowners often avoid outdoor lighting to save on electricity bills. But it is essential to install lights in your yard in a way that does not leave any prominent dark hiding spots.
A popular lighting option is mount motion sensitive lighting. Having the lights installed in the front of the house will scare away intruders as they know they can be easily spotted. Consider mounting the lights near your entry doors, ground floor windows and at the back of your house to keep your house safe and secure at night.
6. Install privacy fencing
Privacy fencing is a great option to keep peering eyes and away from your home. Solid fences that are difficult to break through or climb over are ideal as discouraging thefts from intruding. There are many fencing options out there which not only beautify your home but also enhance your home security.
The above 6 simple landscaping tips can help prevent your home from being targeted by burglars. If you have any enquiries on how to keep your home more secure or need any assistance with smart landscaping design, don’t hesitate to contact Allscapes WA.