How Secure Is Your Shed?
Last month a local newspaper reported that almost £1,500 worth of gardening tools were stolen from a shed in Elmley Lovett.
The burglars are believed to have removed the screws from the hinges of the door.
It’s easy for us to forget about the shed at the bottom of our garden however, many contain items of significant value, including pricey tools and gardening equipment, with the possibility that burglars could even find appropriate tools to gain entry to your house!
Simply putting a padlock on a shed door is not enough and other security measures should be taken.
Underneath are a few tips that can help you protect your shed:
Secure the door
Many sheds are supplied with fairly flimsy hinges and the door can be pulled or kicked off the hinges if a burglar was determined enough. Or, as suspected in the Elmley Lovett burglary, they could just remove the screws.
Replace screws in the hinges with non-returnable security screws or coach bolts and get a high quality padlock to secure the door.
Protect your windows
Reflective film is a good way of allowing light into your shed while stopping people from seeing what’s inside.
Strong mesh or a grille can also be fitted to the inside of the window to prevent people from breaking in.
If your shed has windows which open ensure they are fitted with good quality locks.
Repair any damage
The famous English weather and age can take its toll on your shed so make sure you replace any damaged or rotting parts as soon as possible, especially if it is around the doors or windows.
Motion detector lights
The majority of all burglaries are carried out by opportunists so the use of motion detector lights can be enough of a deterrent to put burglars off as they will be visible to you, or any neighbours who can see your shed.
Another option is to install CCTV cameras which cover your shed. The sight of a camera may be enough to put a burglar off and if not, you will have evidence that you can hand over to the Police.
Chain items down
Despite all of your precautions, a determined burglar could still find a way into your shed. Chaining your items down and attaching them to the shed is another security measure that can be taken.
You can purchase security anchors and locks that are made specifically for sheds to keep bikes and tools safe. For smaller items, such as hand tools, get a secure toolbox.
At the very least you want to make sure ladders and any tools that could be used to break into your house are secured.
Using security marking, such as SmartWater or SelectaDNA, on expensive or important items makes it much harder for burglars to sell your property on and increases the chances of your items being returned to you if they are stolen.
Register your property on Immobilise
As well as marking your property you should register it on the Immobilise website. It’s free and is supported by all UK Police forces and again, increases the likelihood of any stolen property being returned to you.
If you would like to increase the security of your shed, or your home / business and would like to chat about your options, please feel free to give us a call on 0151 426 0233 or fill out the contact form on our site and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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