DIY Anti-Burglar Projects

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


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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?

Author Bio:
Elli is a writer for, 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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10 Responses to DIY Anti-Burglar Projects

  1. Lee Kendall September 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Interesting topic that I had to stop in for.. We have a landscaping company and about 4 month ago someone said that they didn’t want the shrubs above the window sill due to robbers… First time I had heard that!

  2. StilconFL August 17, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    I like the first tip about trimming the hedges and giving a clear view to the front door from the street. This is a very basic idea but it is surprising just how many homeowners let their shrubs overgrow and become a barrier to the house.
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    • Anne August 17, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      I think some people like the privacy these tall shrubs provide. What they don’t realise is that they also provide privacy to burglars.

  3. Andrei July 24, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    These tips are definitely helpful. It’s better to avoid being targeted by burglars because we never know when they will target us.

    • Anne August 17, 2012 at 9:38 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Andrei. And yes, these are very simple, don’t cost anything (apart from the last one – maybe) and require no special skill.

  4. Wayne July 23, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    I am not such a great fan of technology. So I’m always a little skeptic about the whole idea of using sci-fi anti-theft equipments. Plus, maintenance of the same has the potential of burning black holes in my pockets. I’ve been using the tips you mentioned since quite some time and I’ll say, they are definitely working. My friends tell me, my home is like some sneaky little fortress. They all like the idea of how my home is secured with such simple dexterity. I think these are a few easy and economical ways in which everyone can secure their homes, without having to resort to any rocket science.

    • Anne August 17, 2012 at 9:36 am #

      What rocket science? Anyone can do any of these tips quite easily! Or are you trying to rank for that key phrase? 🙂

  5. Elena Anne July 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Stow your gardening equipment. Important not only to keep the equipment from being stolen but also to stop items being damaged outside, by rain or rust for example.
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    • Anne July 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      That’s true, Elena. That’s a very important point to note. Thanks for that.

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