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Home Security Through Landscaping

· Palo Alto California,Scott Safadi

When a burglar sets his sights on a home or apartment, even the most sophisticated security system or deadbolt can deter him from breaking in. The reality is that millions of people fall victim to burglaries each year. Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management recommends a novel approach to securing your rentals: landscaping.

That's right: designing landscaping to prevent burglaries is just one of the latest home security trends sweeping the nation. While locks and alarm systems are great ways to secure your home, planting a few strategic bushes and trees could help keep burglars from targeting your place.

The kind of plants matter a great deal. To determine which you should buy, consider the kinds of plants you wouldn't want to climb through to break into someone's home. Thorny bushes like holly or roses can be excellent deterrents.

Of course, there is something to be said for increasing your visibility, too. Creating clear sight lines from your windows through the yard and out to the street is critical. You'll be able to quickly spot anyone who shouldn't be on your property. Pruning vegetation also rids criminals of spots to hide.

Consider installing gravel beneath your windows. Criminals need silence to carry out many of their misdeeds, and the crunch of gravel could tip off anyone at home that someone is lurking nearby. Installing overhead lighting outdoors is a great way to make burglars feel insecure. Motion-activated lights are perfect for this strategy.

If your home has a back door, look into reinforcing it. The back door is often less protected that the front, so criminals often try the back door first. Install accent lighting to illuminate the landscape out back, too. This will help to eliminate hiding spots of those lurking in the shadows. If you have a gate, make sure it is locked. While this sounds like common sense, you'd be surprised how many people fail to check even the most basic home security measures.

Finally, invest in partial privacy fencing. While you might prefer solid fences, they protect intruders and help them go undetected by your neighbors. However you decide to reinforce your home security, taking a hard look at your landscaping can help.

- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management

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