Thinking carefully about security and the layout of your garden
can help protect it and your home from crime.
Working with Parker's Garden Company in Frinton and
local businesses and organisations, Essex Police has created a real
life garden specially designed to highlight some of the simple
steps you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of
The garden is the first of its kind and can help visitors to the
nursery learn how extra security can help protect their garden
and their home.
Secured by Design is the official UK Police initiative supporting
the principles of ‘designing out crime’. By applying Secured by
Design principles you can significantly reduce the risk of being a
victim of crime.
You don’t have to live in a fortress to feel safe but you might
like to consider some of the ideas highlighted in the garden plan
Sheds typically contain tools, bikes and gardening equipment
which are not just valuable but which could prove useful to a
burglar, so secure the door with padbolts and close-shackle
padlocks or a padlock alarm.
Hinges should be fitted using coach bolts and large backing
You could also think about installing a shed alarm and a lockable
chest for chemicals and valuable equipment.
Rear fences should be 2 metres high including a
trellis to support plants but not to support the weight of a
Keep fences and plants in the front garden below 1 metre in height
so you don't give potential burglars somewhere to hide.
3. Defensive planting
Reinforce the garden’s perimeter by planting prickly
shrubs or a thorny hedge and train them to grow on trellis on top
of 1.8 metre fencing to deter potential offenders.
Lighting can deter or draw attention to thieves. Use energy saving
bulbs activated by a dawn to dusk sensor.
Lay gravel on paths and beneath doors and ground-floor
windows - burglars don't like it because it's noisy to walk on.
6. Side gate
Side gates should be solid, flat faced and the same height as the
fence. Secure with padbolts top and bottom, padlocks and a spring
Secure plant pots to the ground using a bolt and
retaining anchor plate and mark tools and furniture with your
postcode followed by your house number e.g, CM1 1PX 11
8. Oil tank
Secure an oil tank with padlocks, oil level gauge,
security lighting and defensive planting. Speak to your local
Reduction officer for information on suitable alarms.