It can be easy to forget our surroundings or to lose focus on our safety when we’re trying to enjoy the spirit of the Holiday Season. Our homes should be a safe place, and when our Christmas trees go up and wrapped presents begin to pile up under the tree, we should be especially cautious of any vulnerabilities around our homes.
Crime prevention studies show that burglarized homes have less visual access than their neighbors who were not burglarized. Burglars seek to victimize homes with easy access in and out, and most importantly, they don’t want to be seen. A common thread in burglaries are homes with overgrown trees and shrubbery. When walkways and windows are covered in green they may look great to you, but they look like “opportunity” to the would-be burglar. When looking at your home from the street, can you see all access points clearly and easily? If not, make sure you trim the green and keep you and your family safe.