Plants Can Reduce Crime, Prevent Zombie Attacks


Written by Ramon Gonzalez

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?

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 canít 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 youíre 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.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.


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Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe5 years ago

We have a lot of roses around our house. I think we're safe (LOL).

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago


Peter A.
Peter A.5 years ago

It's time for people to grow up. We can't keep spoonfeeding people a graphic novel version of reality and not expect stupidity.

Lika S.
Lika P5 years ago

Are these videos kidding, right?

Pamela H.
Pamela H5 years ago

Thorns and poisonous plants? No thanks, I have cats. A high fence with security cameras is better.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim5 years ago

Lol! God way to make people plant more! Haha. I loved the videos!

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

While I can attest to the benefits of gardening and the end result garden I'm left wondering how, exactly, gardens reduce crime.

Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith5 years ago

Woohoo! I definitely will be planting this year :)

Isabel A.
Isabel Araujo5 years ago

Thank you.

Isabel Ramirez
Isabel Ramirez5 years ago

Plans to plant stuff now:)!