Protect your home by protecting your garden this Spring

Burglars don’t want to be seen or heard and if they think they’ll be noticed by a neighbour or passer-by, they’ll probably move on.

You’d think that it would be best to make a property less visible from the street, and to keep it hidden from prying eyes behind overgrown bushes, trees, high fences or walls.

In reality, all that this serves to do is make it easier for a burglar to get close to a home unnoticed, and provide somewhere to hide while carrying out a burglary or theft from your property.

1. Consider installing an outside security light so that intruders can’t approach without being seen, or solar lights to brighten darker areas.
2. At the rear and sides, taller fencing is recommended to prevent easy access.
3. Consider a trellis, or thorny plants, or a suitable anti-climb topping such as plastic spikes which makes it difficult for anyone climbing over a fence or gate.
4. Planting prickly or barbed shrubbery along boundaries and fence lines acts as an effective natural barrier.
5. Check shed doors and window locks following a wet winter for rusting or damaged locks, and replace as necessary.
6. Always keep your shed locked and secured, don’t give burglars a head start, replace any broken windows or panelling on sheds/outbuildings.
7. Don’t leave tools lying around; as they can be used as a way of breaking into your home.