Last Fall, someone tried repeatedly to break into a neighbor’s apartment – windowscreens torn or pulled off, and attempts to pry open the window locks. I helped her to better fortify her windows and I decided it would be wise to protect my own.
I went with minor antipersonnel gardening: planter boxes beneath all of the windows, each filled with cacti. The project itself cost around $25 for each antipersonnel planter box, and it took an afternoon to do. IKEA (at the time) had sets of 3 small cacti for ~$5.00 and single large cacti for ~$5.00 each.
Some points to consider:
â€¢ This won’t prevent anyone from breaking in if they are hellbent on doing so. It provides ‘disincentive’ – making it uncomfortable or more difficult to casually approach and open windows from the outside. They provide a visual threat (I’ve considered adding poison oak to some of the planter boxes, also).
â€¢ The cost is relatively low.
â€¢ It is easy to do – Screw the planter box into the bottom of the window sill. I suggest you use BBQ tongs or pliers to handle the cacti when you’re planting them.
â€¢ It is easy to maintain – Cacti are low-maintenance and often only need watering on a monthly basis.
â€¢ It looks cool – every time I look out the window, it looks like I’m in Arizona.