Using Plants to Boost Your Home Security

Home security is something everyone should be thinking about for their house. Security doesn’t just include buying a home alarm system. It starts with how you plan the exterior of your home. Prevention is key to making you feel safer and more secure. Buying the right plants is a great way to start making your home a fortress. Here are some tips to help you find the right plants and where to put them for maximum effect.

What to Avoid

Putting big, tall bushes in front of your windows may seem like a good idea at first. It blocks people from looking into your home and who would think of breaking in behind a bush? Well, there are people who do it, and they will get away with it too!


Tall bushes can actually be a hazard for your home when they cover your windows. It is easy for burglars to slip in behind them and break in. They will be more confident knowing that the outside world cannot see them breaking in. Your neighbor could be looking out the window and not even know that your home is in danger, because the burglar is covered up. Keep all of your thick, full bushes at waist height. This way, if a burglar decided to try to break in, there is a chance your neighbors might see.

Picking the Right Plant

Picking the plant depends on the area that you live in. If you live in a warm, dry area, a great plant to keep your windows protected is a cactus. Cactus do not require large amounts of water and can withstand the heat in areas that get really hot summers. You can plant a cactus in front of each window. This will deter any burglar from breaking into your home.

If cactus doesn’t suit your area or your tastes, consider planing roses all around the exterior of your home. Roses will bloom very beautiful blossoms that will make your home the talk of the town. At the same time, roses are covered in painful thorns. You can have beauty and protection all in one. Roses come in a wide variety of colors, so you will have many options that look great and help protect your family.

Plants are not the only thing you can do to your exterior to maximize your safety. Lighting is a very important element in home security. A dark home is just screaming to be a victim. Keep your family home well lit every night. Cover all windows and major entrances with lighting. Burglars do not want to be seen.

If you are concerned about money and want to save, consider installing motion detector lights. These can be very effective since they only trigger with movement, and the lights triggering can scare away criminals since there cover is now blown.