22. Garden Security
We recently received a local police message in our Community Messages and we realised this was something we had never covered on these growing pages but it is helpful advice, so although it is technically not ‘growing stuff’ here is some wisdom about garden security:
Sheds typically contain tools, bikes and gardening equipment which are not just valuable but which could prove useful to a burglar, so secure the door with padbolts and close-
Rear fences should be 2 metres high including a trellis to support plants but not to support the weight of a possible intruder. Keep fences and plants in the front garden below 1 metre in height so you don't give potential burglars somewhere to hide.
3. Defensive planting
Reinforce the garden’s perimeter by planting prickly shrubs or a thorny hedge and train them to grow on trellis on top of 1.8 metre fencing to deter potential offenders.
Lighting can deter or draw attention to thieves. Use energy saving bulbs activated by a dawn to dusk sensor.
Lay gravel on paths and beneath doors and ground-
6. Side gates
Side gates should be solid, flat faced and the same height as the fence. Secure with padbolts top and bottom, padlocks and a spring return.
Secure plant pots to the ground using a bolt and retaining anchor plate and mark tools and furniture with your postcode followed by your house number