The positive effects of gardens on property values are well-known. What most people may not know is the benefit of plants and gardens on reducing crime.
Instead of obsessively checking the EveryBlock website for the latest occurrences of crime in your neighborhood, why not plant a garden?
Plants Reduce Crime
According to this video, studies from both the U.S. and Japan show that planting plants can reduce crime by as much as 80%.
Whether you're looking at property crime, violent crime, or total crimes -- these benefits can’t be ignored. The video, brought to my attention by Ellen Wells on Twitter, was created by Grower Talks to promote America in Bloom's Discover Plants program that is hoping to get us to look at plants differently.
You can download an America in Bloom PDF brochure or PowerPoint that will give you more ideas, and a better of understanding of how you can make "pretty" plants work to enhance just about every aspect of your life.
Perhaps you’re one of those people that are more concerned with zombie attacks than with burglars. Well, plants can help you out there too, as explained by this video from Lancaster Farms on YouTube.