As the spring season finally starts to warm up, many homeowners begin their spring cleaning maintenance around the yard. This spring, consider adjusting your property’s landscaping in order to better protect it from a break-in. Certain landscaping tricks can prevent lingering burglars from seeing inside your home, making it harder for them to invade.
-Incorporate outdoor lighting in your landscaping plan! This is the single most effective way to use your yard to safeguard your home from intruders. If your front yard has a path to the front door place ground-level lighting to make your home more illuminated at night and easier to see intruders.
-Plant shrubbery and bushes under all first floor windows in order to create privacy but also make it harder for someone to climb through a low window. Using thorny and sharp bushes such as roses is especially effective!
-Install a fence around your property- this includes using hedges and shrubbery.
-Consider eliminating any landscaped areas that could serve as a dark hiding place in your yard.
-Look at your home from its street view- whatever you can see inside your home a burglar can see too!
-Trim tall trees growing along the side of your house- these can act as ladders and hiding places.
-Keep the lawn mowed- an unkempt yard with tall grass signifies to a burglar that a homeowner is either on vacation or is frequently away from the house.
-Never leave ladders and other common landscaping tools out in the open! These can be used to easily climb in through an open window in your home.