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Secure Those Garden Sheds or Else!

Secure Those Garden Sheds or Else!
Secure Those Garden Sheds or Else!

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.

Security on your shed is crucial if you want to look after your valuable garden tools, lawn mowers, ladders, garden furniture and other tools so it's important you consider what you need to do. Depending on where your garden shed is can determine the level of security required. If your shed is in the garden and the only access to the garden is through the front gate, which can be locked, and there is no other way into then garden then basic security will be fine - i.e. a simple padlock will suffice.

If your shed backs onto open fields then you need to make sure security is stronger. In this instance I would recommend a hasp and staple, one where the hasp folds over the staple when it's closed covering the screws, across the door. Ideally instead of just using screws use at least one or two nut and bolts so this can't be jemmied off. By also replacing at least one of the screws in each of the hinges with a nut and bolt then it will be impossible to just unscrew the door or wrench it off.

Some people would suggest a rim lock, where you have a key and handle, which screws onto the inside of the shed door. With these it is possible for the door to be wrenched open if someone was determined. Better than this is a mortice lock. With this the door is actually fitted into the door frame meaning that the lock can't be forced off. Whilst this does offer a great deal of security it is still possible for a very determined thief to gain access to your valuables.

Thieves could gain access by putting a crowbar in the gap between the door and door frame and prising it apart. As timber has a certain amount of 'give' it is possible for the bolt to come out of the frame, this bolt is normally about in (12mm), so the frame does not have to move much. For the highest degree of security you should have a rim lock or mortice lock combined with a hasp and staple.

Ideally have a shed with no windows or security windows (available on our sheds) so thieves can't see in or gain access through the window. If windows are essential then you can upgrade to toughened glass windows which are harder to break but not impossible to break. On the Diamond garden sheds and buildings there are further options for laminated glass (2 layers of glass with plastic in between) or for the highest degree of window security, again on the Diamond range, is wired glass. By the very names this glass is made with wire in the glass making it nearly impossible to break through.

At this year's Glee trade exhibition Yale will be showing their latest innovations in lock design aimed at the garden shed market. Their range will include padlocks, ground anchors, cables and garden shed alarm kits. Their years of experience in garden building security will be on show for examination and demonstration. Yales weatherproof padlocks are superb for securing all types of garden equipment, especially those subjected to our great British weather. This include exposed areas by the sea or the wildest country. They intend to offer displays to their retailers to showcase these locks.

For your more valuable items such as barbecues, patio furniture, lawn mowers and jet washers the Yale anchor will be ideal and when used in conjunction of a padlock and steel security cable will provide the highest deal of security. The Yale anchor can be used in or out of the shed. They also have a range of stand alone PIR siren alarm to alert you of any attempted break in and will be a great deterrent to any intruders.

The Commercial Director, Nigel Fisher, for Yale Retail said that ' Yale had recently commissioned YouGov to undertake a garden security poll and 25% (quarter) of people surveyed with sheds thought it would cost more than 750 to replace their items from their sheds. The research, went on to say, that 17% of people did not bother with any security at all.

The lack of reasonable shed security coupled with the high value of the average shed's contents meant that opportunist thieves are able to steal high value garden items from these unsecured garden sheds easily. By garden centres and hardware stores displaying and informing the public of the available security products available, and in particular from Yale, then this should help the public confront these problems.


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Guildford, Surrey. UK. GU4 7QA

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