During Summer time garden sheds can be at risk, mainly because of holidays and leaving doors and windows open, as well as during the darker winter months where the shed is not visited for days on end. Bearing in mind the valuable items stored in there it makes sense to take all sensible precautions to protect the contents. This is especially important when you realise the high value of all the items in there. You will find that power tools, garden machinery, bikes and other leisure equipment such as golf clubs are all very resalable by these thieves. When they have their hands on YOUR valuables they will be sold on very quickly. You will even find that some thieves have the audacity to sell these stolen items on Ebay. Barmy!! From their point of view.
So take a few moments and put into place measures to protect your shed from these thieves. This can be a quite a simple thing to do. Just by adding a padlock to your shed can deter the casual thief who will move on down the road leaving your shed intact. This is a little selfish but don't let that stop you. Your neighbours won't think twice about your shed so you don't need to worry about theirs. Having said that it's a good idea to talk to neighbours and to look out for each others when the home is left vacant. Adding a strong hasp and staple, the one where the hasp fold back over the staple and the securing screws is best, to the shed door and using a strong padlock will beef up your defences no end.
Replace any normal screws in the hinges with security screws as well as some of the screws on the hasp and staple. Security screws are screws which can only be screwed in so are impossible, more or less, to be unscrewed with a screwdriver. Even better replace at least one of the screws with a nut and bolt as this will be even harder to breach. Try to add bars to the windows so thieves can't get in that way. If this is not possible then cover the shed windows with a curtain which will stop people looking in and seeing your valuables.
It won't stop them breaking in but it does put them off if they are not sure it's worth their while. If you have any broken boards on the shed try to get them mended as well. Adding pea shingle around the shed also makes these intruders more apparent as does the addition of a security light. Both of these measures are not liked by these people as it makes them more visible and noticeable. Prickly bushes are also a good defence as well. Besides extra precautions on the garden shed it's a really good idea to stop thieves or intruders getting into the garden in the first place. So ensure any gate is kept closed and locked securely and I recommend the hasp and staple & padlock as above.
This will make their job even harder and hopefully deter them from stealing from you. So the thing is not to leave it until it's too late. Implement these procedures now and ensure all the family follow these through all the time, even when you are home and relaxed. Quite often the fact that you relaxed will make it easy for you to be robbed so don't take any chances. Don't become a victim which will affect your insurance premium in the future as well as your peace of mind.