Landscaping doesn’t only add to the aesthetic beauty of your home, but it can also be used to improve your home’s security by providing natural protection against intruders.
One of the biggest factors in reducing property crime is visibility. The more of your property you can see from inside your home, the better off you are. The overgrown bushes and tall grass can help intruders find a place to hide.
These four simple changes to your landscaping will help protect against unwanted trespassers and intruders.
1. Put in a Sunken Garden
Adding a sunken garden is an easy way to give your home a sense of security. This can be done by digging down and piling up the soil in any unused part of the yard.
The sunken garden should be deep enough so that you can’t see over the edge or into it but shallow enough so that you can still easily access it.
Plant some low-growing flowers or bushes around the perimeter to add extra privacy while making it difficult for people to spy over the edge and into the sunken garden. However, to ensure maximum security, you should also consider installing home security systems.
2. Plant Spiky Bushes and Trees
It’s no secret that bushes and trees are a great way to put off intruders, but they’re not just good at keeping burglars out. They can also help keep you in. If you plant thorny bushes or trees around your house, an intruder will have a hard time getting past them without injuring themselves on the way in.
This makes it much more difficult for them to use force against you and will give you time to call the police or get away from the threat. Spiky trees and bushes will not need much maintenance. So, you won’t need to cut down overgrown branches on a regular basis.
3. Install Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting can be installed in various places around the perimeter of your home, including the front porch and garage. Lighting is a great deterrent because it can make you feel safer and help you see what’s going on outside.
It can also give police a clearer view of what’s happening if there is ever an incident. Lighting should also always be accompanied by motion sensors so that it goes on when something moves nearby.
However, never install any lights facing inward towards your windows, as burglars could use them to find ways into your home. Proper outdoor lighting is also a great addition to a home security system. It will provide a clear outdoor view to the cameras installed on the porch.
4. Limit Access Points
To ensure a better security approach, you’ll have to limit the access points to your house. One way to do this is by making the door and windows inaccessible. Windows are an easy entry point. To minimize this attraction, you can install a rock bed near your windows and doors.
Rocks make noise when someone steps on them. This will warn the intruders of the disturbance and can add to the security layers of your home.