Updated June 2, 2020 . AmFam Team
Curb appeal is typically a way to draw attention to your home, but it can also be used to deter thieves. Something as simple as leaving toys out in the yard can make your home a target of a burglary. But we’ve highlighted a handful of simple landscaping tips to boost safety and security — to help keep your home pretty and protected.
No burglar wants to be caught in the spotlight, so make sure you have powerful outdoor lights to make it look like your home is occupied even when you’re away. Take a look at these other ideas to reduce hiding spots around your home:
Flowers, shrubs and trees are beautiful additions to any yard, especially when they’re of the thorny variety — burglars will think twice before getting into a fight with your foliage! Here are a few landscaping ideas to improve your home’s safety:
Sometimes protecting your home means going beyond traditional landscaping. Home security systems are a great way to help keep your belongings safe and give piece of mind that your home is being monitored even when you’re away. American Family Insurance often partners with smart wireless security systems that can be customized to fit your home needs. A customized Smart Home Security System package can include:
With fewer places to hide in your yard, you’re less likely to be targeted. And by trimming your hedges and keeping the weeds down, you can boost your home’s overall security. Take on these tips to upgrade your home’s safety index:
Windows are easy access points, but with simple fixes, you can keep intruders out. Try cutting tree limbs away from the home — this leaves nowhere for burglars to hide, and little chance of anyone mapping out your floorplan. Look at these other ideas to help secure your perimeter:
Between the gravel alarm and the weaponized thorn bushes, burglars won’t stand a chance.
Letting your lawn go can make it look as if you haven’t been home in a while. Keep up the illusion that you’re home, even when you’re not — and you’re already ahead of the game. Here are a few thoughts on keeping your lawn well-maintained to prevent theft and burglary:
If you’re going to spruce up your lawn to make it safer, consider these tips to add curb appeal to your house. Before you know it, your new landscaping will lead by example, and neighbors will be asking how they can protect their homes with a foliage fortress of their own. To further keep your home protected and insured, get in touch with your American Family Insurance agent. (Opens in a new tab)