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 shed is not secured properly then you may not be covered by insurance at all. Now that’s a sobering thought. This is why you really need to have a heavy duty shed in your garden.
Following on from the above South Wales Police have been advising homeowners to keep all expensive tools securely locked away. If your 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.
We at 1st Choice Leisure Buildings 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, whenever possible, is to replace one of the screws in each section with a nut and bolt meaning that the hasp and staple cannot just be ripped off. They recommend this even with a heavy duty 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 building for extra security. South Wales Police further advised that all your main gardening equipment and valuable should be marked with your postcode 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 fewer offences made each day compared with the previous year and that people buying heavy duty sheds and fitting a fold over hasp and staple were better protected.
Having started my business in 1979 and earnt a living since then I never stop to be amazed that a basic product such as a shed can do this. However I did find very early on that to be successful you need to offer good buildings and not just ‘cheap and nasty’ ones.
In the early day in the late 70’s and early 80’s I did use chipboard and later OSB board, which the cheap shed makers use nowadays, and found out quite quickly by experience that these materials are not suitable for outdoor use. I found that as soon as they got wet then the boards would swell, when they absorb the moisture, and then finally disintegrate. Clearly no good at all in the long term (not even in the short term really).
The reason for me these views that a product should be good quality stems from my upbringing. My father was a master butcher in Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire and he instilled into me the virtues of quality at the best price. Every little bit of meat was cut from the bone to maximise value for his customers. I followed this through in my shed business and this ensure we could sell great quality heavy duty sheds at the very best price.
The years after the war was when the men of the house used to use their gardens for growing vegetables for the family. This was the time when any sort of outdoor building was considered and when many ramshackle sheds were knocked together and maybe not very heavy duty type. As time went on small factories were set up making sheds where as a little earlier it would have been the local chippie or the local builder.
You will find that the many people from that time are now pensioners, or senior citizens, and proudly have a heavy duty building in their garden. These buildings have serve them well over the years from when their children were small, to watching them grow up and then leaving home to start their own families. Probably they now have grand children coming round, as I do, who look at the shed as a sacred place. It goes without saying that all safety aspects should be honoured to ensure complete 100% safety for any children.
Besides the more normal uses of a shed a pensioner in Southampton used his to build up a collection, and rare, collection of pre and post war Raleigh bikes. This shed enabled him to restore them to their former glory, just like the day they left the Raleigh factory in Nottinghamshire.
He was quite proud of his bikes and in took pleasure in displaying them at a stall at the Sky Ride village in Hogland’s Park a few years ago. Within his collection of restored bikes was a model from 1934 and he even was able to display the original sales receipt for it.
Other people to ensure their garden building was loved was the author, Chris Vine, who used his to rekindle his affection for engine making after being diagnosed with ME. It appears that his love for garden sheds started as a child and has continued into his adult life.
It always good to understand the psyche of the British public and their affection for the shed and, in particular, a heavy duty one. It has been a crucial part of the latter part of the 20th century and continues into the 21st century. Long may it last!
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