Garden crime is on the increase. As the popularity of gardening grows, there is a correspondent increase in the retail spend on gardens and also unsuprisingly garden theft! Commonly stolen items include garden tools and equipment, ornaments, sculptures, outdoor furniture and even plants. Gardens are extremely vulnerable to theft as they are so accessible - walking through a gate or climbing a wall is much easier than breaking a window or door. Yet awareness about garden security is much lower than for house security. Thieves are opportunists so deterence measures can be very effective. Below are some ideas of steps you can take to make your garden and home a less attractive target for thieves.
Avoid creating areas in your garden where a burglar could easily conceal themselves. Overgrown vegetation can provide an excellent hiding place. Dark, shadowy areas can be lit with security lighting. Hedging can be used to create a natural barrier to deter theives. Use thorny plants with dense foliage such as holly, blackthorn, hawthorn and pyracantha. Gravel on paths and driveways can also deter intruders because of the loud noise it makes underfoot.
Lock tools away in your garden shed, or indoors if you don't have one. This is important not only to prevent the theft of the tools themselves but also your garden tools can be used to break into your home.