Virtually every homeowner in America makes, at least, a little bit of effort to ensure that their home is safe from crime; however, there are some actions that you can take that may not be as obvious as others. When you think of home security, chances are you think of a home security alarm system. While this is an essential element of your home security plan, there are still a number of things you can do to enhance the security around your property, starting with the landscaping.

Use Your Landscaping as a Tool
While your landscaping can add a great deal of curb appeal to your home, it can also be used as a tool. The way that it is designed will help to determine if it is a tool to prevent a break in or to help an intruder. There are few homeowners who Residential bushesview their landscaping as a security feature,  because it is mainly seen as a hazard used by criminals. However, if you take some time to view the landscaping of your home from the street and then consider how it can help or hurt your home’s security, you are on the right path.

Place all Shrubs, Bushes and Trees Strategically
The bushes and trees you place on your property can help it look great, but the foliage may also provide an excellent hiding place for anyone who wants to commit a crime. Trees offer access to the second floors of your home and trellises and bushes can provide an intruder complete cover, even in the middle of the day. You should minimize anything that you have located close to your home.  The rule of thumb is 3’ or lower for bushes and adding prickly shrubs can be a good deterrent.

Add Plenty of Light
Lighting is a great deterrent for criminals. In addition to the typical pathway lighting, you should also consider adding floodlights that are motion activated and that cover areas such as your windows and doors.

When you think about how you can make your home safer, you should not forget about the landscaping. Even a few, small, changes can make a world of difference.