These DIY anti-burglar projects relate to landscaping. Administering a few changes to your outdoor landscaping can go a long way to making your home more secure and less attractive to thieves. Burglars love homes with dense foliage and brush obstructing the view of the doors and windows from the street. Don’t indulge them. Below are just a few ways to start making the exterior of your home more secure.
Landscaping DIY anti-burglar projects
Trim bushes and trees by your doors and windows
If you only have the time to do one security upgrade to your landscaping, this is the one you should choose. Making your entrances easily visible by the neighbors and from the street will help dissuade all but the most brazen and tenacious of thieves. In addition, a tree with branches near your second story windows can give a nimble burglar access to your home. Remember that trimming your bushes and trees is a regular maintenance medium, not just a one-time fix. See some other ways we’ve enabled affordable, DIY home security.
Choose shrubs with thorns when planning DIY anti-burglar projects
Adding a good dose of brambles is another way to make your house unattractive to thieves. Depending on where you live, climbing roses, cacti and blackberry bushes near your windows will leave their mark on anyone who tries to climb past them. These shrubs and plants also make great additions when updating your exterior designs.
Nix those trellises for exterior safety
Wooden trellises can be lovely when placed against a home’s exterior, perhaps with a climbing rose or clematis attached. However, those same trellises can provide burglars with an easy ladder and access to the upper levels of your home. Better to place your trellis out in the open or against your garage instead.
Stow your gardening equipment
We all leave our gardening equipment outside from time to time. However, if your regular gardening or maintenance routine includes using a ladder or step stool, you’re giving burglars another easy way to enter your home through a second floor window. Keep these locked away and out of sight.
Consider a Rock Garden for DIY anti-burglar projects
Low-growing gardens use pebbles or rocks of different sizes, along with delicate plants such as cacti, succulents or tender perennials. This type of garden can win you security on three levels: it doesn’t obscure your windows; it can contain plants with thorns; and the rocks make it difficult for thieves to get footing or place a ladder.
Don’t obsess about having your home burglarized, but neither make it easy for thieves. Look at the exterior of your home as a thief might see it and make any necessary changes. It’s easy and affordable.
Have you done any DIY anti-burglar projects? What other preventative methods have you implemented?
Elli is a writer for YourLocalSecurity.com, a top seller of home security services. She enjoys blogging about family and child safety, home renovation and improvement, and simple home DIY projects.
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