Our garden sheds in Britain are well-used garden sheds summer houses and log cabins and into which we store plenty of valuable items however we don’t always realise how valuable these items are and how much it would cost to replace. If you just take the value of the larger items such as the lawn mower, the hedge cutters, garden tables and chairs these on their own come to a great deal. Add in the number of bikes for the kids, maybe the golf clubs and other sports equipment and maybe you will give security more thought to ensure that your shed is as secure as possible.
Beside the monetary value, there is the hassle of dealing with the insurance company, hoping that they will pay you replacement value, and that is if they even cover your garden items in the shed, which is unusual. You will also always have the feeling your privacy has been violated, not the same as someone getting into your house but never the less not very nice.
To protect yourself against these thieves you need your garden shed to be given as more security as possible. The first thing to do is to ensure you have a good lock on your shed and ensure that you use it. Many garden sheds companies suggest that a joinery door with a mortice or rim lock on is the best protection. Whilst I agree with this to a certain degree I take the view that these locks are vulnerable as a thief can put a crowbar in between the shed door and the shed frame. As the metal bolt in the lock normally only extends across about 3/8 in or ½ in at most, by using a crowbar the timber can be prised apart and access gained.
What I suggest, and this is having been in the garden sheds business for over 39 years is to add a hasp and staple onto the garden shed door. Ideally, the hasp and staple where the staple folds over the hasp covering all the screws. Ensure that at least one of the screws in each section is replaced with a coach bolt (or just a normal nut and washer) ensuring that this goes right through the shed frame and then bolted from inside. This will mean that anyone trying to break in will need to rip apart the door frame to get in. Not easy, very time consuming and very noisy and this is not what the average thief wants.
Ensuring you have a good padlock on the door will give you greater protection combined with the above hasp and staple. If possible try to put bars across the garden shed windows so access can’t be gained that way. Another thing to consider is to ensure that access to your garden, and thus your garden shed, is barred as well by a good lock. This will stop thieves getting anywhere near your shed. This can be supplemented with various types of prickly bushes to make it uncomfortable to get by and the addition of pea shingle around the access to the garden will make it noisy and less attractive to the thief.
This advice to protecting your garden sheds was also highlighted by a policeman who said that you need to make sure you guard against thieves gaining entry into your garden shed, garage or lock up. These thieves are looking for valuable garden tools and garden patio furniture which they can sell on easily. This is made a little easier with the longer evenings now that the clocks have gone forward. So now is the time to beef up your garden shed security.
A report by Halifax Home Insurance showed that thefts from gardens and garden sheds had increased by 58 per cent. They suggest that to avoid your garden shed being an easy target that you should put bricks or stones in the bottom of patio tubs and this will make them more difficult to carry away. They also recommend marking your garden furniture and ornaments with your postcode as well as taking photos of your garden valuables. But most of all DO ensure that your garden shed and property is kept locked up at all times to make the thieves job as hard as possible.