How Your Landscape Can Help Stop Intruders

Thief deterring cactus

Have you ever thought about how your landscaping can help keep thieves away from your home?

I think a lot of us don’t think about having our home broken into until it happens. Then we become quite aware of just how vulnerable our homes may be.  Having a good security system and bars on your windows and doors are an excellent solution.  And, discount viagra  your desert landscaping can be an additional safeguard against burglars.

Here are some ways that your landscaping can help in keeping you safe in your home.

  • Planting thorny cactus in front of your windows will make thieves think twice before trying to break into one of your windows.
  • Having crushed rock in your yard will allow you hear when someone is walking around your property.  Crushed rock is very audible when walked on and makes a crunching noise.
  • Create additional lighting around your plants near your house to brighten your exterior while adding interest to your evening landscape.  And, don’t forget that you can always put a motion sensor light to scare intruders away.
  • Don’t plant tall shrubs next to your home.  People can easily hide behind them.

Those are just a few ways to help make your home safer.  They’re easy and fairly inexpensive and well worth your family’s safety and your peace of mind.  Here are some more ideas from Good Morning America’s article about burglar proofing your home.

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38 Comments

  1. Using catcus as a deterrent is a really cool idea.. You not only beautify your place but deter housebreakers who don’t want to be caught in the thorns. Great tips.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this!
    These are some great ideas. And having a desert plant in front of your window looks a lot nicer than bars!

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  3. Cool tips! I never thought of the plant protectors like this!

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    • They definitely do make a difference Rob.

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      • does cactus grow over on the east coast?

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  4. Great tips! I do have rose bushes near my windows. That may help

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    • Rose bushes are a great deterrent Veronica. The sharp thorns are going to keep an intruder away from the window.

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  5. Love your ideas! Cactus, ouch! I guess that would also be great for keeping the teenagers from sneaking out at night?

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    • Good point Don. You wouldn’t want to climb out the window either.

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  6. I love the way this looks in front of the window, love it!! Not to mention that it will keep intruders away!! Thanks for sharing this!!

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    • You’re welcome Maria. I love the look too. It looks great and serves a purpose.

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  7. Great tips! The “People hiding behind big shrubs” is a scary thought…thank you for the ideas!

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    • We’re often asked by clients to trim shrubs to under window level to keep people from hiding behind them.

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  8. Great idea! Cactus would be like little soldiers guarding the home!

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    • Very true Loretta!

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  9. This is wonderful advise! I remember my late husband wanting to grow ocotillo to keep people away from the house! And bougainvillea! Thorny little devils that they are!! Who says people are the only ones who need to defend themselves anyway? Thanks!!

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    • I like the idea of bougainvillea. It’s beautiful and could be painful.

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  10. This is great advise! I had not thought about using plants in this way!

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    • They’re definitely another way to deter home invaders.

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  11. Thank you for the thoughtful tips. I like that the cactus is right in front of a window. In Washington, DC, when a window is on the street level, bars are up to combat theft. They’ve even found a way to make the bars attractive.

    Yvonne Brown

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  12. Being from the buffalo area we can never have such nice looking cactus they would freeze! High of 64 today UGH it is June! Great idea and design!

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    • Some other readers mentioned this. You could use a thorny plant like roses instead.

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    • It is safe if you keep the cactus trimmed to a size that you want it and don’t let it get overgrown. Many people in Arizona have cactus in their yards anyway. You might as well use it to your advantage.

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  13. I like cactus too near the window with blooming flowers along with it. Thanks!

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    • Good point Jason. Yes, you’ll also get the beauty of the cactus when it’s blooming.

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  14. Looks effective, all right…

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  15. Oustanding. What an innovative (and green) way to hard-target your home!

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  16. Bars on a window aren’t always a deterrent. I can see a cactus being something an intruder wouldn’t want to contend with!! Thanks for the great information.

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    • You’re welcome Meli!

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  17. Good ideas ! Landscaping is more than just good looks !! Cacti wouldn’t grow in my cold prairie land and removed those cedars that could allow lurkers to be behind them…

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    • You could use a thorny plant like roses instead.

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    • You can tailor the plants to the area that you live in. So, if you’re not in the desert, you could use shrubs that have thorns or roses.

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  18. Pretty and practical :)
    You would think the Arabs would use that, nope, the camels eat the cactus.

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    • Javalina eat cactus too. I didn’t know about the camels.

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  19. Haha.. That is great information here in Arizona… I definitely don’t want tall shrubs in my front yard for people to hide behind..

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  20. What great tips! I really like the cactus idea! I know that I would not want to go through some cactus to break into a house!

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