Met Police tell Londoners to use plants to protect your home and garden

16:13 28 February 2012

Could holly help protect your homes?

Could holly help protect your homes?

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Police have suggested Londoners use the natural protection of plants to protect their homes and gardens from burglars.

A Met Police crime prevention report says most burglars are lazy and look for easy ways of breaking into houses and gardens.

One suggestion for guarding against invaders is to plant creeping juniper (Juniperis horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’), which is also known as ‘Blue Rug’ because it has long branches and its prostrate shape forms a flattened blue carpet. It has a thorny stem and foliage.

Common holly (Ilex agulfolium) is also a suggestion because of its spiked leaves.

Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) is also recommended as it can form clumps up to 3.5metres high. It is less invasive than other bamboos.

In general any plant, shrub or tree which has spines or spiked leaves can help keep your home safe, police say.

Other bits of advice are to bring any tools inside and install outside security lighting which comes on automatically.

Photograph any valuable plants or ornaments and mark your property with your postcode as this makes it easier to trace.

Ensure that your household insurance policy covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.

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