As readers around the globe read this, it is important to visit your local garden shop. There is no “one” plant that works in all plant hardiness zones. Your local Gardeners have deep local knowledge. Ask them for a durable plant that has thorns or spines aplenty. I used roses and a very barbed leaf holly shrub. You can achieve something that looks good AND acts as natural barbed wire without too much effort. You want these plants under windows and even as a way to channel traffic. Criminals will go elsewhere if they have to work too hard. Encourage them to go elsewhere.
|Shrubs can act as natural barbed wire but make sure they are cut back around entry points so they don’t provide cover for a potential assailant to hide in or around|
Motion sensor security lights are an inexpensive way to encourage criminals to keep moving, and as well are a safety feature for you when you return home in the evening and at night. LED lights are energy efficient way to achieve this. They do not cost much to run on off of a photo eye switch so they are always on at night. Consider the cost you run if you get robbed, burgled or invaded. That electric bill is small potatoes in comparison, although there are many solar powered options on the market now, that store the power needed to run the lights at night from sun energy gathered during the day. Perimeter lights can even be incorporated into giving your home curb appeal… Can you say up lights? Stylish AND safe, an excellent combination. Many motion detection lights come in complete kits and are easy for the home handyman to install themselves. When shopping for motion detection lights, read the reviews by other users before committing to a purchase. Some are more difficult to adjust sensitivity wise than others. We had some issues with one area that was triggered by wind movement and we ended up replacing it with another type of kit.