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Shed Security

Alert message sent 22/03/2019 10:48:00

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Citizen

Garden sheds are common target for thieves and vandals. Not only are they often filled with garden tools and valuable equipment, but they’re often less secure than the house. What’s more, the tools inside your garden shed can often be used by burglars to help them break into the house. This means keeping your shed secure is far more important than most people expect – an insecure shed can cost you far more than you think.

Here are some tips on shed security

1. Choose the Location Carefully

Ideally, your shed should be positioned so that it cannot be seen from the street, but not so out of sight that you cannot see it from the house. If it does end up being targeted by a thief, then you don’t want them to be able to do it unseen.

2. Anchor the Shed

If your shed is on the small side, a thief could lift one side up to gain access to your belongings. To prevent this from happening, anchor your shed to the ground. Consider using L brackets, screws and rawl plugs, or placing breeze blocks inside to make it too heavy to lift. You could even attach the shed to a wall. This will also prevent your shed from blowing away on windy days.

3. Replace the Door Hinge

Your shed’s door hinge is one of its weak points. They are usually attached with short screws and easily unscrewed or forced off. You can toughen them up by replacing the screws with nuts and bolts.

This may deter criminals from trying to prise the door off your shed.

4. Improve the Lock

The lock that your shed comes with will be basic and easily bypassed. A hasp and a strong padlock will be a more secure and relatively inexpensive way to upgrade the security of your shed.

5. Obscure Windows

If you shed has windows, thieves will be able to see whether your shed is worth breaking into. If they see something that’s valuable, they are more likely to break in. Windows are also a weak point in the shed’s security, allowing a criminal to easily gain access by breaking the glass or frame.

If your shed is purely used for storage, then you don’t need windows at all and you can block them out completely. You can do this with stick-on, opaque security sheets that have the added bonus of preventing glass shattering, or with a glass-frosting spray.

If you work in your shed and you need the light, consider blinds or curtains, ensuring that they are fully closed when you’re not there.

6. Fit an Alarm

Even with the above precautions in place, a burglar will still be able to break in if they’re wise to your efforts and have the right tools. That’s why fitting an alarm may scare them off. Place a motion sensor in the corner of the shed, and a siren will sound whenever an intruder is detected.

7. Put Tools Away at Night

Leaving tools out is bad for your property’s security. Not only does it look like you don’t care about your belongings, but the tools could be used to break in to your shed or even your home.

8. Lock Large Items Together

On a similar note, if you lock large items together using a bike lock, you can make it awkward for thieves to make off with your belongings. Lock your lawnmower, your bike and your leaf blower together and your burglar will have a hefty, potentially fiddly job on their hands that could put them off altogether.

10. Mark Your Belongings

If all of the above precautions are in place then the likelihood of a burglar stealing your belongings will be greatly reduced. However, should the unthinkable happen, you can improve the chances of being reunited with your possessions by marking them with a security system. This could be something as simple as a UV pen, or a number of more advanced marking systems. Be sure to register your items with www.immobilize.com , which will help the police to reunite you with your stolen belongings.

Hope the above helps to make your shed more secure.

Kind regards
PCSO Tim Littlehales
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Tim Littlehales (Police, PCSO, Walsall NPU, Paddock Ward/NPT)

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