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Don't lead thieves up your garden path!
Bicycle owners, gardeners, allotment holders and anyone who owns a garage or shed, is a potential victim to this type of crime.
Tips for keeping your garden shed secure from intruders:
- Inspect the building itself. Is the roof in good shape, for example? Thieves have been known to lift off a flimsy roof to get at tools inside.
- Make sure the shed door is in good condition – there’s no point strengthening hinges and fitting padlocks if it’s easy enough to kick in a rotting door panel.
- Fit two padlocks on the door: one about a third of the way down from the top, the other a similar distance from the bottom of the door.
- Choose closed-shackle padlocks to make the shed door more secure – they have very little of the metal hoop exposed, which makes them much less vulnerable to someone wielding a pair of bolt cutters.
- Fit external lighting
- If your shed has a window, make it harder for thieves to find out what’s inside by obscuring it – cover it on the inside with bubble wrap, horticultural fleece or even an old net curtain. Fit laminated glass in the window – it’s harder to break – or fit security mesh across the outside.
- Fit a shed alarm.
Tips for keeping tools and equipment in your shed secure:
- If someone does manage to get into the shed, make it hard for them to carry off equipment such as lawnmowers and chainsaws. Use heavy-duty chain and a padlock to link items together: a lawnmower, a heavy barbecue and a bundle of garden chairs chained together will be awkward to drag away.
- Does your garden shed have a concrete base? You could install anchor bolts and use a chain and padlock to secure equipment stored in your shed.
- Always put away tools, equipment and bikes – anything of any value – when you aren’t using them. Be aware that burglars may find some garden tools handy for breaking into the house.
- Mark equipment with your postcode – use a UV pen, paint the details on or scratch them onto metal handles.
- In summer it can be a pain to have to put garden furniture every night – check whether your insurance policy covers items left out in the garden.
To speak to your local police call 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.