The versatile garden shed, summer house, workshop or log cabin can be anything to everybody as they have an unbelievable amount of uses. Traditionally the garden shed is used for storing garden tools and odd tins of paint left over from decorating or bit and pieces which may ‘come in handy’. As time went on more and more items are found to store in the garden shed such as barbecues, garden furniture and tables as well as bicycles and motorcycles. As well as this more different uses came about such as using the shed as a hobby room or craft room, which generally is a great use of extra space.
Besides the above, a garden shed can be used for a swimming pool filtering system, if you lucky enough to have a swimming pool, or as a garden potting shed to enable the growing of plants such as tomatoes or strawberries but these are normally a purpose-built potting shed, often known as a solar shed. The tranquillity of the garden shed also makes it a creative place where many authors have had some of their best work and Roald Dahl is one of the most famous.
However, the value of the items in your garden shed can run up to many £1000’s without you realising it. Just take a little time and list the items in your shed, such as bicycles, the mower, barbecues, garden tools etc. and you will be amazed. When you have done this you will want to give as much protection to these items in your shed as you can and this is where you need to follow basic security measures at the least.
The best bit of advice is to ensure that you use a good strong padlock on the door, even if you have a key lock the addition of a padlock will make it even harder for anyone to gain access to your garden shed. Another piece of good advice is to ensure that all the hinges have at least one nut and bolt which goes through the shed wall onto the inside so that the shed hinges can’t just be unscrewed. The same thing applied to the hasp and staple onto which you put your padlock. Always try to obtain the flap over type of hasp and staple so that when the padlock is closed the screws on the hasp and staple are covered.
When you are looking at making a property secure from burglars you should consider the above if you have a garden shed or garden workshop, summer house or log cabin so your valuables can be protected. Owen Jones, of gather.com, says that the normal garden shed in the garden hold items like ladders, screwdrivers and crowbars – all of which can help a burglar to break into your house. So you need to make this your first consideration with storing items outdoors in the shed. And if you do – ensure they are securely locked away and immobile at all times.
Items such as tall, long ladders which you can’t get into the garden shed should be chained to an outside wall or to the outside of the garden shed with a strong padlock so they can’t be used. The same advice applies to allotment owners so that all your gardening implements are kept safe. As allotments tend to be away from most houses they can be more at risk than ones in your garden so try not to have any really valuable items left in there. In fact, down in Essex residents were being offered free garden shed alarms to allotment owners to help deter thieves. Paul Teague, from Essex Watch, said that garden and allotment owners need to be more vigilant and certainly now the weather is getting warmer and more people are out and about.