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Response: Hi Brian, Thanks for your feedback. It's good that your new Diamond Chichester 14x8 garden shed has met your requirements and expectations. The size of your new building should make for a great workshop with lots of storage as required. The Georgian windows help to give it a different look which is quite pleasing. Regards, Robin
A spate of thefts in north Surrey led Surrey Police to warn gardeners to lock up their garden sheds it was reported in the local paper, the Elmbridge Guardian. With the number of garden related burglaries in the Elmbridge district up in the previous 3 months with 22 garden related in Thames Ditton and 15 in Weston Green near Esher.
Most of these incidents took place mainly during daylight hours, I would assume whilst people were out at work or at the local shops, rather than during the night and many involved forced entry into the garden sheds or even through the back doors of the victim's house from the rear garden.
Tannia Shipley, local councillor for the area, told the paper that she would urge people to ensure all property and garden sheds are secured with good locks. It makes sense that these are implemented at all times. It will also be a good idea to get to know your local community and to find out who is vulnerable in your area. The increase in garden burglaries is typical and often rises at Christmas time and during these wintery days where people tend to stay in more and it tends to be a little more dismal outside.
Only recently Cotswold Police also recommended the use of strong garden shed locks, window grills and shed alarms to help protect valuable items from being stolen from outdoors buildings and garden sheds. They stressed that thieves see these buildings as easy targets. Even sheds in Knapill in Surrer are targets.
1st Choice Garden Sheds recommend that sheds should have non returnable screws on the hinges or the cross heads or slots drilled out. Or replace at least 2 of the screws in the hinges with nuts and bolts with a penny washer on the inside. Use bolts on the hasp and staple as well and preferably use the fold over hasp and staple. Secure with a large waterproof padlock, ideally with a combination lock, or key. Obscure the windows so thieves can't see in using newspaper or blinds or you could even paint the shed windows with greenhouse paint which can be very effective and this still allows some light to come in.
Remove any valuables or secure them to the shed or, if possible, put them in a brick built building. If you are unable to remove the most valuable items you could bolt a couple of D shaped fixing eyes to the floor, preferably direct to the concrete. You would then be able to use an extra long bicycle wire or chain to secure bikes, mowers and other power tools to them. A battery operated shed alarm is also a good deterrent but ensure you can hear it from the house.
Have you been burgled? If so what steps have you taken to combat a repeat? Do you know who are your local community and who is vulnerable?