Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ten Simple Landscaping Ideas for Home/Land Security



Homeland security is in the news every day, but the problems seem so far away. Beside, we never expect violence in our own backyards.  

Don’t think it can’t happen to you. According to the FBI “there were an estimated 1,579,527 burglaries in 2015. Burglaries of residential properties accounted for 71.6 percent of all burglary offenses. Victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.6 billion in property losses in 2015. The average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,316.”

Most residential burglaries happen during the day when homeowners are away. There are more break-ins during summer months. The majorities are forced entry, but unlocked windows and doors make it easier.

Top items targeted are cash, electronics, jewelry, medications, firearms, tools, liquor, documents that facilitate identity theft, cars, bikes and such.

That’s scary. But did you know there are simple landscaping steps you can take to improve your home security against intruders?

Here are ten safety precautions:

1.      Choose low-growing foundation and border shrubs.
2.      Use thorny plants for hedges, near windows and entrances.
3.      Prune foundation shrubs to 3 feet high.
4.      Avoid planting tall shrubs near garage and other entrances.
5.      Avoid planting trees next to the house.
6.      Do not construct sturdy trellises near the house that could be climbed.
7.      Lock up ladders and tools that could be used to gain entry.
8.      Use small gravel near the foundation to make noise when stepped upon.
9.      Make sure you provide a clear view of your house from the road.
10.  Install night lighting around your home.

Keep these ideas in mind to make your home a safer place for yourself and your family.

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