Since the majority of thieves get into homes through gardens or use gardens in order to ensure that they go undetected, the way in which you design your outdoor space can be more significant to the security of your home than you may have realized. It’s not just the actual house that you need to keep secure in order to deter thieves, you also need to make sure that your garden isn’t providing them with cover and giving them easy ways to get in.
Although some thieves are brazen enough to get into your home by entering in right through the front door, others will check around the back garden first to see if there are easier ways to get in or a way in that means they are hidden from view at the back of your home. Installing a garden gate which is secured with a lock means that it’s harder for thieves to get around the back and into your garden to find a way in. Paired with a security lock on your front door and securely locked windows, this means that the thief will have to choose between climbing the gate or smashing a window – both options which draw attention to them, something that no criminal wants. For more information on having stronger locks installed, click here.
Large bushes, shrubs and other plants often provide the perfect hideout for thieves who are up to no good. When designing your garden, you are of course going to want to have some plants in order to make it look nice, but the last thing that you want is to provide cover for thieves. Make sure that any large plants which you do include in your garden are out in the open where they can be clearly seen from your house, and from your neighbors’ houses too if possible. This way, they’ll be harder for burglars to hide in without being noticed. If you can get away with having no large plants at all in your garden, that’s even better.
Keeping your garden lit immediately makes it less attractive to any thieves who are lurking around at night looking for their chance to break in. Keeping it well-lit at all times acts as a solid deterrent as most thieves won’t want to walk into a garden which is brightly lit, exposing themselves and their ill intentions to the homeowner and their neighbours. Or, you could opt for motion sensor security lighting, which will alert you to any movement outside by switching on, which usually scares any would-be burglars away as well. Along with security lighting, you might also want to include CCTV cameras – or even dummy cameras, as these can often work quite well at sending thieves running.
It’s not just the house that you have to think about when securing your home – don’t neglect to secure your garden, either! Since most thieves get in through the garden, making sure it’s fully secured is important.