November Crime Prevention Blog

Prickly plants rip burglar’s pants! By Crime Prevention & Architectural Liaison Officer Gerry McBride

I’m no Alan Titchmarsh, however, I do know a thing or two about prickly plants, and that’s my theme for my November blog!

Prickly plants, or defensive planting, is your first line of defence against crime in and around your garden. The term ‘defensive planting’ is used to describe the way you can use certain prickly plants, bushes and shrubs to deter burglars. Think about using defensive planting around vulnerable areas such as windows, fences, boundary walls and drainpipes.

This leafy security measure, which can add colour and texture to any garden, can also provide shelter and food to a variety of wildlife. Defensive planting isn’t meant to replace other security measures such as lighting, locks and alarms, but is intended to complement it.

Plants to consider for your garden are:

Pyracantha – this looks attractive, the berries come in a range of colours and it can be trained along walls and fences.

Berberis – these come in a number of varieties, they are generally easy to cultivate, tough, and many of the species produce a good autumn colour.

Holly – Slow growing and it has the ability to adapt to a wide variety of different conditions.

Rose bushes – This traditional shrub brings beauty to any garden, they will generally thrive in the sun or in partial shade.
If you have any contenders for our prickly plant gallery please get in touch as you can plant these now! Ask for further advice at your local garden centre. See you next month!