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Yard Security Tips to Keep Intruders At Bay

At Wednesday night's Corona del Mar Town Hall Meeting, the Newport Beach Police Department handed out pamphlets with tips on landscape safety.

Intruders often case a neighborhood before deciding which home to break. Police say some yard safety tips can help deter a burglar from targeting your property.

Landscaping Safety Tips:

  • Make sure doorways, windows and porches are clear when planting bushes and flowers.
  • Bushes can provide privacy, but they also give burglars a hiding place.
  • Planting thorny bushes and shrubs near windows and along fences may dissuade burglars from targeting your home.
  • Make sure large trees are pruned. A burglar will try to climb the lower limbs to the second story.
  • Never hide spare keys under a rock, under a doormat, in a potted plant, or above the door.
  • A well-maintained lawn tells burglars someone is home and cares about their property.
  • Locked gates and well-kept fences can make it harder for a burglar to break into your home.
  • Walks and driveways should be visible so no landscaping offers hiding places for burglars.
  • Placing a "Beware of Dog" sign can help keep burglars from stopping at your home.

How do you burglar proof your yard? Tell us in the comments.

Monique Maldonado April 19, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Great reminders! Thank you...I tend to keep my porch light on every night.
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Kevin Raposo May 03, 2012 at 08:47 PM
These are some great tips! I have some more tips that are not mentioned in this article that might be helpful to readers: Home Security Landscaping - Nature's Home Security System http://simplisafe.com/blog/home-security-landscaping-natures-home-security-system Feel free to share or re-post!
paul May 05, 2012 at 01:46 AM
About The Kevin Raposo Post: This is nothing more than an advertisement / scam for a business. Whether the story from a past criminal is true or not please be aware. Any safe keeping methods need to come from credible law enforcement and not from someone advertising their business. All his other posts are all over the country with the same shtick.

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