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Home Burglary Prevention Tips Part (2)

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·     Landscaping And Plant Materials

      Bushes, trees and shrubbery can conceal an intruder as he attempts entry into a window or door; or worse yet, as he waits in hiding for the homeowner! A few alterations to the home’s landscaping and plant materials can be enough to discourage intruders. To avoid being seen or caught, intruders look for property they can get into and out of quickly. Their ideal target is a house surrounded by large hedges or shrubs, which serve to hamper visibility from the street and neighbor’s houses.

                  Trim shrubbery and trees so doors and windows are visible to neighbors and from the street. Trimmed landscaping should not provide concealment for criminals. If the home has a second floor, prune trees so they can’t help a thief climb in second floor windows. Place trellises where they can’t be used as ladders to gain entry to upper floors.


3    Ground plants (shrubbery and bushes) within four (4) feet of any sidewalks, driveways, doors or gates, should be maintained at a height of not more than two (2) feet.

3    Ground plants between four (4) feet and eight (8) feet of any sidewalks, driveways, doors or gates, should be maintained at a height of not more than four (4) feet.

3    Ground plants under windows should be maintained at a height that is below the window sill.

3    Trees should be trimmed so that the lower branches are more than six (6) feet off the ground.


      Place large gauge gravel on the ground near windows. The noise caused by an intruder walking on it can be a psychological barrier. Do not place large rocks or other items near glass windows or doors. These could provide the burglar with his tools!

            Plant spiny (thorny) plants along fences and under windows. Such plants will discourage the possible burglar. Protecting with spiny plants can be almost as effective as using barbed wire, and a lot more attractive.
·     Limiting Access

      Intruders look for homes that have few or no obstacles blocking a quick exit. Fences can prevent burglars from carrying away large items if the gates are locked. Fence gates should be locked at all times, even when the owner is at home. Ladders and tools should be stored in a garage or a storage shed, and these facilities should be locked.

·     House Numbers

      House or street numbers on a home should be easily visible from the street. Critical time can be saved by emergency responders when the street address for the house is visible from a distance.


3    On the House

-    Use numbers made of reflective materials, or black on white, that are 6 inches high.

-    Keep numbers looking new and clean and replace when necessary.

-    The numbers should be placed under a light and near the front door or garage entrance.


3    Paint the House Number on the Curb


-    Four (4) to six (6) inch high black letters on white background is most effective.

-    The numbers painted on the curb should be centered at the end of the driveway or just to the house side of the driveway.

-    If the house is located along an alley, the house number should be painted on the fence outside the alley gate.


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