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How to Protect your Shed Summer House Workshop Log Cabin from Thieves

How to Protect your Shed Summer House Workshop Log Cabin from Thieves
How to Protect your Shed Summer House Workshop Log Cabin from Thieves

Author is Robin Antill - expert in garden buildings Written By Robin - Expert in Garden Buildings For 39 Years.
Hi, I'm Robin Antill, founder of 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, and I use my expertise gained over 39 years in the garden buildings industry to understand that each customer is different. With my manufacturing, retailing and customer service experience my articles help people choose their ideal shed, garden workshop, summerhouse, log cabin or garden office needs to suit their requirement and that is key to satisfaction. And what do I do when I'm not writing? You may find me following Grimsby Town Football Club or riding roller coasters - so plenty of 'ups and downs' in my life.

Garden sheds, outdoor workshops and garages are home to many valuable items in which we rely a great deal. Most of these items are for the garden and whilst most are relatively inexpensive there are many high value items such as motor lawn mowers, expensive bikes and garden furniture which are very attractive to thieves. If you are unlucky enough to be burgled then you can be sure you have very little chance of getting your property back.

Whilst these items can be reimbursed by any insurance you may have the distress caused and the inconvenience is a right pain. Also you need to bear in mind that if the garden shed or out house is not secured properly then you may not be covered by insurance at all. Now that's a sobering thought.

Following on from the above South Wales Police have been advising home owners to keep all expensive tools securely locked away in the garden shed. If your garden shed or garage is properly secured then thieves won't treat your sheds as an open invite and these actions will help to prevent opportunistic thieves from stealing your property.

1st Choice Leisure Buildings, whose web site is LeisureBuildings.Com, advise using a fold over hasp and staple and a heavy duty padlock to secure any shed doors. The fold over hasp and staple will cover the screws in the staple stopping thieves from just unscrewing the staple. The best thing to do, when ever possible, is to replace one of the screws in each section with a nut and bolt meaning that the hasp and staple can not just be ripped off. They recommend this even with a joinery door with a mortice lock as these doors can be prised open from their frame meaning access can be gained to the shed.

High valuable bikes or valuable machinery should be anchored down inside the garden shed or garage for extra security. South Wales Police further advised that all your main gardening equipment and valuable should be marked with your post code and house number. You can either use the invisible marker pens or, ideally, have it engraved onto the items. This second method will ensure your items are harder for the thieves to sell.

Another deterrent is to use gravel for your paths as thieves like to work without anyone knowing they are there. When they walk on the gravel their presence can be noticed even when it is dark. Also ensure that all bushes and plants are kept pruned meaning there are few places for them to hide away. It's acknowledged in Wales that the crime rate had fallen with 38 less offences made each day compared with the previous year.


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Woking Garden Buildings Display Site Sutton Green Garden Centre,
Whitmoor Ln, Sutton Green,
Guildford, Surrey. UK. GU4 7QA

Phone 0333 800 8880
Our display site is normally manned and open for viewing 9.00am to 5.00pm every day

The garden centre is visible from A320 main road between Woking and Guildford.

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Badshot Lea Road, Badshot Lea,
Farnham, Surrey. UK. GU9 9JX
Phone 01252 311085
Our display site is normally manned and open for viewing 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday & 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.

The garden centre is visible from B3208 road between Farnham and Aldershot.

Currently on display at Badshot Lea: are Platinum & Diamond Timber Buildings, Trentan Garden Cabins and Lidget Garages. Please see this page for a full list.




Phone (01483) 237550 or (0333) 800 8880 - Fax (0333) 8008810
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On Display for viewing near to Guildford, Godalming, Cobham, Dorking, Leatherhead and Ripley in Surrey. UK

Office ONLY Address is 260 Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey. KT15 3NS.
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