Met offers gardening advice to help deter burglars
Post by John Chappels
on 28 February 2012 in House & Home
A UK police force has started offering gardening tips to homeowners to help them discourage burglars.
The Metropolitan Police has issued guidelines advising people to stop cutting back their shrubs and bushes in a bid to help reduce the number of break-ins. The Daily Mail reports that the Force has come up with a list of plants and trees that have thorny stems and abrasive foliage, which are likely to make would-be burglars think twice.
Crime prevention guidelines on "How to stop garden thieves", suggest a thoughtful approach to gardening could help people reduce their risk of becoming victims of crime.
The advice states: "One of the best ways to keep thieves out is to use nature's own defence mechanisms to stop intruders. A barrier of prickly hedge may be all the protection you need around your property."
Suggested green protection includes spiny fruit bush, the Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry; blackthorn, which produces long, narrow thorns; common holly, which has strong, spiky leaves; and giant rhubarb, which has large, prickly leaves.
As part of the guidelines, the Force also advises people to try more traditional methods of crime prevention such as installing security lighting, clearing away gardening tools, marking property with a postcode and joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.