• Side gates should be as far forward as possible, in line with the house ideally, so there are no recessed areas which can act as hiding spots for criminals to attempt entry.
  • Where possible, keep bins away from gates and fences and remove from the front of the house immediately after bin day.
  • Tall walls and fences around the perimeter with diamond trellis provides a framework for prickly plants to climb through, and makes a noise when broken.
  • Where children are likely to play, non- prickly shrubs and bushes can be set in front of any prickly perimeter planting.
  • Nettles, rambling blackberries and thistles in a wild part of the garden close to a perimeter should be encouraged, they make an excellent deterrent and can provide a nasty shock if landed in!
  • Prickly plants/bushes are exempt from the Occupiers Liability Act (because they are natural).