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Defensive Planting - Help make your home more secure

Community information, Warwickshire

  • Incident number: Crime Prevention Advice
  • Date: 07/11/2018
  • Sender: 5514
  • Business area name: Citizens in Policing

Defensive Planting:

Defensive planting is the term used to describe the way you can use certain prickly plants, bushes and shrubs to deter burglars.

Think about using defensive planting around vulnerable areas such as windows, fences, boundary walls and drainpipes. Everyone enjoys having a well kept, attractive garden and there's no reason why upping the security in your garden should mean otherwise.

A few examples are:
Berberis - a vibrant shrub with vivid red leaves, has sharp spine like prickles, reaches 6ft, good for hedging and growing by walls.

Rosa Rugosa, aka Rubra - a flowering shrub with densely prickled stems, can reach 6ft, excellent as an impenetrable hedge.

Pyracantha - a vigorous evergreen shrub with white flowers in May, followed by orange or red berries, great for hedging, growing under windows or around doorways.

Holly - usually grown as a small tree or large bush, can reach up to 50ft, spiny, glossy dark green leaves all year round, excellent hedging plant.

Hawthorn, Japonica and Acanthus are just a few other examples.

See https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/Home-security for further advice.