Deter garden thieves with these practical safety tips

A thief in the night!  (image)

When we think about burglars, we often think about their intrusion into our homes. From televisions to games consoles, there is a multitude of items for them to steal. But what about the outside? Intrepid garden thieves have a wide array of things to steal, from sculptures and wall art, to garden gnomes and our prized flowers. Nothing is safe, so aside from hiring a security guard to patrol your garden day and night (or lining your garden with razor wire and explosive mines), what can you do about these light-fingered miscreants? Consider the following safety tips for starters.

Safety Tip#1: Don’t leave anything out in the open

While you aren’t going to bring your garden sculptures or flowers inside, there are still those loose items that should be kept out of sight. From your lawnmower to your garden tools, build an outhouse or a shed to hide away your valuables. As the saying goes, out of sight, out of mind!

Safety Tip #2: Secure your shed

So you’ve stored all your valuables away into your garden shed! Well done you. Still, that won’t put off the thief for long. We recommend securing the shed door with a combination bicycle lock, especially one of the heavy-duty chained variety. Then use shutters or curtains on the shed windows. If the thief can’t see inside, they have less incentive to risk getting caught by trying to break in.

Safety Tip #3: Light up your garden

Burglars lurk in the shadows at night, stealthily sneaking through the undergrowth to get their sticky fingers on something. However, if you invest in some automatic security lighting or a rope light dimmer, their criminal misdeeds will literally come to light, and they will have no choice but to run away. Alleviate the chances of them stepping foot into your garden in the first place by keeping your garden lit overnight, with pagoda or solar lights, spoiling their chances of slipping in unnoticed.

Safety Tip #4: Cut down trees and shrubbery

If the burglar has nowhere to hide, the less likely they are to set foot into your garden. Overgrown shrubbery and overhanging trees are great hiding places, so get the strimmer out for your hedges and cut down any tree branches that leave a shade. When you’re next planting trees and shrubbery, place them in practical areas around your garden, instead of lining them next to your garden gate and fence.

Safety Tip #5: Lay down a gravel path

If there is gravel underfoot, you will hear the burglar coming a mile off. Of course, it may just be next doors cat arriving to deposit its droppings onto your lawn, but either way, the gravel will alert you to any troublemaker setting foot on your property outside.

Safety Tip #6: Strengthen your defenses

Secure your perimeter with a garden’s natural defenses, with prickly plants and thorny foliage, and then fix any gaps in your fencing with heavy-duty wood. Purchase a lock for your gate too, and install a trellis on top of your fence to add further protection. The harder you make it for the garden thief to enter your property, the less likely they are to bother trying to get in.


By following these practical safety tips, you are reducing the risk of a garden thief popping by to steal your stuff. If you have any other advice for our readers, please let us know your thoughts. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your garden.


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