9 Ways to Harden Your Home Against Looters and Thieves

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Prickly pears1. Plant Bushes and Shrubbery

A line of thorny shrubs and bushes around your property line will make your house a less appealing target psychologically for looters and burglars. Simply put, shrubbery cuts down on a criminal’s ability to determine how well-maintained your home is, or to survey threats.

Thieves want to be able to know in a glance what they are up against. Are you home? Do you have a security light waiting for them? Or a giant Doberman Pinscher? Plus, shrubs (especially thorny ones) are a physical obstacle that most of your neighbors won’t have working for them.

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