Clever ways to keep your home extra safe this winter

Securing your home is important, as you want to do all that you can to ensure that you are not a victim of a burglary. As well as the fact that burglars take things that are valuable and important to you, it also leaves you with a feeling of anxiety, as well as the feeling that having an unwelcome person in your home that is unpleasant and can leave you feeling violated and worried.

There are many ways to add extra security to your home – from installing electric gates like these to fixing CCTV and burglar alarm systems to your home. Although it is important to focus on the front of your home, it is also a good idea to make sure that you have security in your back garden too, as this is a favourite way for many intruders to get in. Away from the glare of the streetlights they have less chance of being seen making their way through the gardens.

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A good way to add protection to your garden, as well as to make it look good is to plant thorny, sharp and dense shrubs and bushes around the perimeter of the garden. This will certainly make a potential burglar think twice about climbing in and is especially effective when combined with other security features and deterrents, such as motion sensor lights in the garden. Here are some of the plants that could help you to protect your home boundaries…

Holly – This festive favourite is great for the garden. Adding some seasonal greenery during the winter when there is not much growing in the garden as well as providing protection, it also provides you with a pleasant sight! Holly is a robust plant and is easy to care for as it is a native plant. The berries too are a favourite food of the birds in the winter months so you would also be doing your bit to provide food and care for local wildlife. The thorny leaves of the holly are an excellent protector against intruders – if you have ever tried to clamber through a holly bush you will be aware that it is difficult and extremely unpleasant!

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Blackthorn – Another native plant that is tough and robust, as well as being a great choice for hedging. It is often used around field boundaries, where its dense branches and sharp thorns make excellent natural defences to keep livestock in their fields. It is also a shrub that can bring a lot of beauty to the garden. Its flowers bloom before its leaves, so you will have an early display of pretty white blossoms to enjoy in the spring, and in the autumn the juicy dark purple berries called sloes grow on it – the birds love them, and you can also harvest them yourself to make sloe gin with – a favourite festive treat!

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Kim Lee lives in Tampa, Florida and focuses on living an intentionally happy life, helping others live better, and having a whole lot of fun. She loves to write, read, enjoy the outdoors, and play with dogs.

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