Garden sheds, outdoor workshops and garages are home to many valuable items in which we rely on 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 outhouse 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 homeowners 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, 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 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 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.