Even before the current recession there were many thieves looking to steal other people’s hard earned possessions from their gardens sheds summer house, workshops, log cabins or any outdoor garden buildings. However, now the recession has taken a bite, more people can be tempted into desperate measures to keep their head about the water. This means it’s important to help yourself by looking after your items and to help others who may be a little weak by removing temptation.
The basics for garden shed security is to ensure that they are kept locked at all times when you are not in attendance and always to use a strong hasp and staple for the padlock to go onto the shed door. The type of hasp and staple recommended is the fold over type. With these, the staple part will fold over the top of the hasp concealing the screws which hold it to the garden shed. This will ensure that the screws cannot be unscrewed by any potential thieves as this would make it a waste of time putting a lock on the shed, even if the shed lock is a very strong one.
People who have a lot of valuable garden equipment and are very serious about looking after their valuables might wish to consider a steel building such as the SafeStore security shed from 1st Choice Leisure Buildings. This is made from thick steel, about 4 times thicker than the cheap domestic metal sheds, and is complete with a steel base. Backed up with a drill and pick proof lock you can be sure that these steel garden sheds are the next best thing to having a security guard on duty.
A little while ago there were two incidents, in Stancombe and Eastcombe near Stroud, where two unprotected garden sheds were broken in. In the first break in a £250 petrol hedge trimmer was taken from the garden shed and in the second attack, a generator was removed from the owner’s shed. These items are very easy to sell on for a good profit.
The local crime prevention officer, PC Mark Godsland, said that it is relatively easy to prevent these type of thefts backing up the advice given by 1st Choice Leisure Buildings. He reiterated that garden buildings owners should check to see how vulnerable their outbuildings are. He also again stressed the importance of strong window and door locks on any garden sheds to make them more of a challenge to thieves.
He further advised that any high-value bikes, which have become even more desirable after the efforts of Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France and the Olympics, should be kept locked up and ideally chained or shackled set into concrete for maximum security. Also, of course, using a strong padlock for the best security.
In many instances, an investment in a Capital Steel Building could be worth considering. Being made from extra strong high tensile steel on a fully galvanised steel frame these can be made superb outdoor buildings in your garden, Available in any size from about 3m x 4m but as the sizes get larger they become better value. With the addition of composite insulated panels, they can be used all year round as an extra room.