Use Earth Day to Improve Home Security

Keeping bushes and trees trimmed, especially away from windows and doors, as well as adding outdoor lighting, can go a long way in making a residence less attractive to criminals.

Earth Day began in 1970 and is now celebrated around the world.  This is a good time to reflect on the beauty of the Earth and how we can improve our lives by taking care of the one planet we have.  In honor of Earth Day, Manheim Township has generously agreed to allow residents free use of the compost site for disposal only on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m..  The compost site is located at 2775 Oregon Pike just before Oregon Dairy.

This Earth Day cleanup opportunity gives Manheim Township residents the ability to consider how to improve home safety through landscaping changes.  Aside from illuminating dark corners and points of entry, potential hiding spots can be eliminated by keeping bushes trimmed.  Hedges that run along side fencing but end before the back fencing provide potential hiding spots for a burglar.  Privacy hedges are great features to have in a backyard, but they should be designed in a way that allows people to easily see around and behind them.  Using thorn-covered bushes or vines provide privacy screening while discouraging hiding locations.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130,