Essex police: prickly shrubs and garden trellis can combat criminals

ESSEX police have dished out advice on how to keep criminals at bay this summer by using “defensive planning” in your garden.

Uttlesford crime reduction advisor Peter Caulfield explained that with forward thinking there are many ways to use garden features and greenery to increase security in a private garden.

Alluring to what experts call “defensive planning” Mr Caulfield said: “It means putting prickly shrubs in areas of your garden where they can deter would-be thieves. So, if your garden borders public areas, consider planting prickly bushes in that area.”

“Residents should also consider topping fences with trellis that will collapse on the weight of someone climbing it, or alternately adding a spiky topping to fences, with relevant warning signs affixed to the fence.”