Why your hedge could be putting your home at a higher risk of burglary

We all know to lock our doors, set our alarms, and close our blinds/curtains in order to protect our home from potential burglars – but one thing we’ve admittedly never considered, is the effect our hedges might be having on our home security. Yes, really!

John Lewis Home Insurance (opens in new tab) recently surveyed 1000 UK households, and discovered that many of us aren’t clued up on the ways in which our hedges can keep our homes safe – or not.

67% of those asked, revealed that their front hedge(s) stands at 1 metre or higher. One third admitted that theirs was double that. So why is this a problem? According to the police, and the charity CrimeStoppers, our front hedges should actually be as low as possible, to deter criminals from breaking in.

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The thought behind this, is that burglars are less likely to be spotted breaking in behind tall hedges in our front gardens – making high hedges attractive to potential criminals.