Don’t let garden security be a thorn in your side this
What can you do make your garden more secure?
Your garden is your homes first line of defence against crime
but sometimes it’s the contents of the garden that the thief finds
If someone can access your garden easily without attracting
attention it gives them more time to steal from you.
- Shrubs, hedges and large plants should be cut back to enable
intruders to be seen and to increase surveillance.
- It is important to stop criminals gaining access to your rear
garden. Walls and fencing should be of solid construction, at least
1.8 meters high with no climbing aids and in a good state of
- Lockable gates, of the same height, should be sited on the
front building line of your home.
- Install security lighting to illuminate your garden.
- Plant dense prickly bushes at the perimeter of your property as
an attractive barrier, they can be especially useful when trying to
prevent access over fences and walls or under windows. They are
environmentally friendly and can attract wildlife to your garden.
Train branches along the tops of fences and walls to make things
more difficult for anyone attempting to climb over.
- Gravel on paths and driveways can alert you to someone
approaching your property and is an effective intruder
Sheds and Outbuildings
Ensure all outbuildings are in a good state of repair, capable
of withstanding attack. If not remove all valuable property.
Fit two substantial security padlocks to your shed door at equal
Hasps staples and hinges should be secured with coach bolts and
Windows are an easy target. At the very least opening windows
should have solid locks fitted. Ideally internal grills fitted to
steel plates should protect windows. Consider using net curtains to
deter casual viewing.
Use an alarm – battery operated alarms may act as a deterrent.
If you have a house alarm you could have it upgraded to include
your shed or garage. If the garage is an integral part of the
house, make sure the alarm conforms to BS 4737.
Make sure your insurance covers the shed and garage and all the
equipment you store in there.
Ensure everything is post-coded so it can be identified if it is
stolen. Most items can be post-coded through a variety of methods:
marked with indelible ink, UV marker pen, etched, branded or
stencilled. Note all model and serial numbers of any marked
Sheds are not designed for safe storage consider having a strong
lockable box or cage inside your shed to keep your equipment in or
chain valuable items to a strong anchor point.
Keep outbuildings secure at all times and never leave any items
unattended in your garden – they may not be there when you
For further information and advice contact your local Police
Crime Prevention Officer Mary Williams on 01639 889178
The following list is not exhaustive, but should make a good
with sharp prickles. White flowers in May followed by
orange/yellow/red berries. Grows well against a wall or free
Crataegus Monogyna (Hawthorn)
hedge plant. Fragrant white flowers in May followed by red berries
in autumn. Forms an impenetrable hedge.
evergreen. Yellow/orange flowers in April/May then blue/black
autumn berries. Good hedging plant.
Medium sized deciduous
bush. Beautiful purple foliage. Use as an individual shrub or
Mahonia Media Winter Sun
evergreen with prickly leaves and fragrant yellow winter
Easy to grow. Medium sized
bush with flowers in March/April followed by yellow quince fruits
Climbing or rambling rose, any type
over fences or walls (Rosa Kiftsgate is a very vigorous
Ilex Aquifolium (Holly)
dark green leaves all year round.
Prunus Spinosa (Blackthorn/Sloe)Large, dense
bush with spiny branches. White flowers in April/May. Blue/black
fruits in autumn.
Plant as hedge, evergreen. Large
pink/white/red berries, plant in acidic soil.