Lincolnshire police are persuading homeowners that their gardens can be used to deter burglars.
Thorny hedges can help put off criminals
Officers say prickly plants and thick hedges can make an ideal first line of defence against people wanting to break into the home.
Crime prevention officers say they can be useful alongside other measures such as locks and security lighting,
And with the arrival of spring, now is the perfect time to reorganise the garden to protect the house.
West Divisions Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer, PC Rick Anker, said: "Why not buy some prickly plants and shrubs and give a burglar a sharp reminder that your property is not easy pickings for them?
"They can still look attractive and provide added protection too."