How secure is your shed? Unfortunately for some residents in the Bristol area, they have been subject to a spate of shed break-ins, with mainly bikes and tools being stolen. With over 11 shed break-ins within less than a week, it’s clear that a padlock alone isn’t enough to keep your outbuilding and the valuables inside safe anymore and with a recent study by Halifax revealing the average Britons shed contains up to £2,000 worth of valuables, it’s certainly worth investing in your shed security.
Find out more about how to keep your outbuilding secure, including police recommendations along with product suggestions and advice from our expert team.
Secure The Access Points To Your Garden
One of the most effective ways of securing your shed from intruders is to make sure they have a hard time getting to it. Here are a couple of things you can do to put off intruders from trying to access your garden:
- Make sure your boundary is secure, fix any panels of fencing that may be loose
- Ensure that the gate to your garden is locked shut at night
- Install exterior lighting – having motion activated lights installed prevents burglars from taking advantage of the darker nights
- Join your local neighbourhood watch group and keep up to date with any criminal activity that may be happening in your area
Secure Your The Entrance Points To Your Outbuilding
If a burglar does find their way into your garden, it’s important to ensure the entry points to your shed are secure. Here are a few things you can do to secure the entry points to your outbuilding:
- Fit your shed with a hasp and staple to then be fitted with a high quality padlock, a cheap one will not suffice anymore, as they can easily be forced open
- Don’t leave tools or equipment lying in your garden that may help the burglar gain access to your shed
- Fit a shed alarm, these are low cost and available at most hardware stores
- Install laminate glass or double glazing to your shed window if it has one, alternatively just covering your window with a curtain can deter burglars from breaking in
- If you’re serious about protecting your valuables, our extendor security grilles are the ideal solution, and completely customisable for any door or window
Following the spate of break ins, Neighbourhood PC Matt Griffin has urged:
“Please review the security of your outbuildings” “It’s worth installing motion-sensing security lights, but the most important thing is to make sure your shed is sturdy with a good quality lock.”
Secure the Valuables Inside Your Outbuilding
If the worst does happen and a burglar gets inside your shed, you want to ensure that your valuables are as secure as possible; there are a number of things you can do to secure your valuables from being taken:
- Use a chain and heavy duty padlock to secure any tools or other valuables to the floor, if your shed has a concrete base – consider installing anchor bolts to secure valuables to
- Mark your equipment with your details, if a burglar notices the markings they may leave your equipment behind as it will be harder for them to sell on
- If your shed has a window, move valuables out of sight or obstruct the window with a shelving unit to ensure burglars can’t break the window and reach through
Our team of security experts are at hand to help advise you on the most suitable and practical measures of security for your outbuilding – regardless of your budget. For more information, give one of our friendly team a call on 0117 963 4994.