SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 210
hen it comes to
protecting your home,
some decisions are
strong locks on the
doors and windows, keeping the
perimeter of your property well lit
and making sure your valuables are
out of sight from prying eyes.
But what else can you do to ensure
your house isn't going to be featured
on the next episode of Crimewatch?
Here are some expert tips and tricks
for deterring burglars...
210 | MAY 2017
AROUND THE BACK
Back gardens are the most vulnerable
part of the house, according to the
Metropolitan Police, as it offers would-be
thieves a private point of entry. You'd be
forgiven for thinking a high, sturdy fence is
the best deterrent. However, many burglars
are quite adept at scaling a fence - and the
sturdier it is, the easier to get a foothold.
The trick, says the Met, is to put a
30-50cm open-edged trellis on the top, as
this won't support the weight of a human
without the risk of being seen or breaking
the framework. The resulting noise and
potential injury will put off some burglars.
If you're green-ﬁngered, trail a climbing
rose through the trellis and you have
instant barbed wire, without the aggressive
look of the real thing.
In a similar way, ornamental iron gates
are harder to climb than wooden ones, and
may mean that any potential burglars are
still visible from the street.
If you have patio or French doors, ﬁt an
anti-lift device. This keyless locking system
prevents patio doors being lifted off their
rails from the outside to access your home.
FRONT OF HOUSE
Your front garden can reveal a lot to
potential intruders. A scruﬀy, uncared
for appearance could suggest you're lax about
home security, too.
As well as keeping the greenery trimmed
to reduce hiding places, make sure there's a
clear view of your front door to passers by.
Keep any fencing to a maximum height
of 1m, so anyone entering your home will
be visible from the street.
As well as motion detector security lights,
gravel footpaths and driveways can help to
alert you to any unexpected visitors, as they're
noisy to walk on.
Dense, thorny bushes below ground-ﬂoor
windows are a deterrent to potential intruders.
Plants to consider include berberis, gorse, sea
buckthorn and shrub roses. Rose lovers might
like to try growing Rosa Fru Dagmar Hastrup
(£15.50, davidaustinroses.co.uk) - it has pretty
pink ﬂowers and a very thorny stem.
Check the location of your wheelie bins. They
make ideal platforms to gain access to high
windows. You could consider securing bins in
a safe place with a chain, or even locking them
in a purpose-built shed.
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