Improving the landscaping around your home will increase its curb appeal, but will it make it more secure?
ELIMINATING HIDING PLACES
Although a yard with lush foliage and flowers is appealing, too much of a good thing or plantings in the wrong location provide the perfect hiding spot for burglars. Shrubs and trees near ground-level windows are a favorite of burglars. Instead, keep windows and doors visible from the street. Make sure your basement windows are also unblocked by landscaping. Overgrown foliage also provides great cover for crooks. A tree limb that reaches close to a second-floor window is an easy way for a burglar to gain access to your home. Trimming overgrown bushes and trees is an easy security measure and will also improve the appearance of your home. If you really want some greenery close to your home, why not plant bushes with thorns or spikes, such as holly or roses? Plants that scratch, sting or itch are much less hospitable to criminals.
LIGHTS AND CAMERAS
Motion sensor lights are also a great option. As bad guys like to operate unseen, a well-lit area is a good deterrent. Install motion-sensor lights near key entry points, such as doors and ground-level windows. It’s also a good idea to check monthly to make sure that the lights on the exterior of your home are in working order. Automated lights that activate at specific times are also a good idea. Set up the timing of these lights when you are away to give the impression that someone is home.
Keeping your home secure often comes down to basic maintenance and common sense. Lock your doors and windows. Keep your lawn mowed. Empty your mailbox daily. Keep your garage door closed. If your home has an attached garage, make it a habit to keep the door into your home locked. Keep an eye out of suspicious activity near your neighbors homes and ask them to do the same. Watching out for each other is always a good idea. While you might spend time and money on the latest home security systems, intelligent landscaping and maintenance of your home is a simple, if not overlooked, security option for homeowners.
If you have questions about residential alarm systems, call Delco Alarm Systems at 610-494-9100. One of our experienced staff members would be happy to assist you.