Garden and security fence manufacturer, Jacksons Fencing provided panels for a ‘Safe and Secure’ model garden during the RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show at the beginning of August. The joint initiative, between the RHS, Essex Police and Secured by Design, was a showcase for garden security best practice.
Most burglaries happen during the daytime, with many of these being opportunistic. The model garden demonstrated a number of simple, inexpensive tactics that homeowners can use to minimise the risk of their homes being targeted.
In a recent study with architects, Jacksons Fencing found that 47% of architectural clients seek to reduce the risk of crime by having a secure appearance. Here the team behind the design share their top tips, from a well-planned perimeter to functional flora. Taking these measures can help deter intruders looking for easy targets.
The proper panels
Andy Tune, General Manager at Jacksons Fencing, says, “Before investing in outdoor security, homeowners should think about what they need solutions for, based on their neighbourhood and surroundings. From there, we recommend researching different types of fencing.
“For total privacy and increased security, we advise using solid panels with no gaps between the boards. Along with being harder to climb over, solid styles add more strength than semi-solid style fencing.
“When installing your fencing, be aware of objects that could act as climbing aids, such as trees, bins or children’s climbing frames. We also recommend maintaining a clear line of view from doors and windows so you can easily monitor your garden. In the long term, make sure to regularly check that your perimeter is in good condition with no climbing aids, particularly at the rear of your property.”
Secured by Design Development Officer, Lyn Poole adds, “The ‘Safe and Secure’ garden offered visitors lots of information and ideas to take away with them to implement in their own gardens, be it shed, garage, cycle security or even lighting and boundary products.
“For example, barriers around front boundaries should be between 1m and 1.2m high while more vulnerable areas should have a minimum height of 1.8m. In neighbourhoods where the risk of burglary is higher, trellis toppings can further deter climbing.”
Roses and thorns
Ian Le Gros, Head of Site at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, comments, “There are several things that can be done to improve security in the garden – most of which are relatively quick and inexpensive to do. Well thought out defensive planting as part of garden design can provide an element of security, whilst at the same time provide a pleasant environment to live and work.
“Plants with prickly stems, spiny edges and spiky flowers can help protect a home while adding a dramatic and attractive aesthetic. For example, sea holly, Japanese rose or white-stemmed bramble.”