Council and Prince's Trust remove overgrown bushes to prevent burglars
Overgrown bushes and hedges in front gardens give good cover for burglars and prevent neighbours and passers-by from spotting them, Wandsworth Council has warned.
Volunteers from the Prince’s Trust and council staff teamed up on Monday to remove overgrown foliage from homes of elderly residents to decrease their risk of being targeted by burglars.
Over the three following days they are planning to cut back bushes at around 20 homes in residential streets leading off the Upper Tooting Road as part of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime anti-burglary campaign.
Cabinet member for environment, culture and community safety, Jonathan Cook, said: "This initiative in Tooting is a simple yet highly effective method of deterring burglars.
"They are far more likely to target a property if they can hide behind a thick hedge or bush so no-one can see what they’re up to.
"By removing this foliage from older people’s front gardens, and making sure they have decent door and window locks, we can reduce the chances that their homes will be broken into."
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