A well-maintained landscape can do more than just boost your curb appeal. It can also deter criminals from targeting your home. Follow these simple steps to use landscaping to make your home less attractive to burglars and other criminals.
1. Keep your yard well-maintained.
A messy yard with overgrown grass and weeds sends a signal to criminals that your home is unoccupied or that you don’t care about it. Make sure to mow your lawn regularly, trim your hedges, and remove any dead plants or debris.
2. Plant thorny bushes under windows.
Thorny bushes, such as roses or barberries, can prevent criminals from trying to enter your home through a window. Plant them under windows on the first floor and any other windows that are easily accessible.
3. Install motion-sensor lights.
Motion-sensor lights can startle criminals and make them think twice about targeting your home. Install them around your property, especially in dark areas.
4. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed.
Overgrown trees and shrubs can provide hiding places for criminals. Trim them regularly so that they don’t block your view of your property or provide cover for criminals.
5. Avoid planting tall trees near your house.
Tall trees can provide access to your roof, making it easier for criminals to break into your home. If you have tall trees near your house, trim them regularly so that they don’t provide easy access to your roof.
6. Install a fence.
A fence can deter criminals by making it more difficult to access your property. A tall, sturdy fence is best, but even a low fence can be a deterrent.
7. Keep valuables out of sight.
Don’t leave valuables, such as bicycles or lawnmowers, out in the open where they can be seen from the street. Store them in a shed or garage, or lock them up with a chain or cable.
8. Consider installing a security system.
A security system can deter criminals and alert you if someone tries to break into your home. ProTec provides state-of-the-art home security systems with cameras, sensors, and lights that allow you to easily secure your home. Installing one of these systems is an easy way to prevent burglars from attempting to hit your property.
By following these tips, you can make your home less attractive to criminals and help to keep your family safe. Contact us today to learn more about our home security products.