In South Africa, we are fortunate enough to have the space to grow our own beautiful gardens. We all like to pride ourselves on the beauty we have created; but have you ever stopped to think if your garden compromises your security?
Let’s start with gardens that are well kept. Hedges, and bushy plants create good hiding spaces for criminals. Most of the time, these areas are not well lit, and this creates a good surprise tactic for a criminal when you return home. If you want these types of plants, then make sure they are well lit at all times! Make sure you remember that they are a weak point in your security, and always be congnicent of the fact that someone may be lurking there.
Tall trees are also a good place to hide, so always remember to look up!
Gardens that are not well pruned and looked after become sleeping places amoungst other things, for the potential criminal. If you are going away for a lenghly preriod, make sure you have arranged for your garden to be kept tidy!
The ‘broken window syndrome’ generally refers to graffitti and derelict buildings. The train of thought is that if one property looks unkept, then criminals start seeing this area as a place to breed more crime. ‘The residents don’t care = they won’t mind us here’. The same can be said about your garden. Foilage and dead/untidy gardens are also a contributing factor in this regard.
The Do’s and Don’ts when gardening for your secuirty:
Keep our Village and community looking beautiful with your colourful gardens; and always keep in mind that you can garden to improve your security!
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