With the recession and the hard times, we are enduring you will find there are more and more burglaries who are looking for an easy target. Whilst life is hard I do not think any sympathy for these thieves you can’t be bothered to earn an honest living.
Even if you have very little it’s important, to be honest. Understandably some thefts are the results of necessity but most are lazy people not wanting to work and wanting an easy life.
And there is often nothing easier than the garden shed if attention is not paid to security. This is why your shed needs to be looked at to ensure you make life hell for these thieves. By doing so they, hopefully, will leave your shed alone and move on elsewhere. And don’t feel sorry for others who have not bothered – it will be their problem if they get burgled. But hopefully, they will also pay attention to the security of their garden shed as well. That would be very good.
You can find plenty of advice about securing garden sheds on the 1st Choice web site and most revolve around ensuring your shed is locked. Very good common sense. Even a cheap and nasty padlock from Poundland is better than nothing however it won’t stop a career thief. So do make a little effort.
It’s claimed that a good mortice lock is the best answer as this is inserted actually into the shed door itself. Alternatively, a rim lock, which screws onto the back of the door, is also seen to be good as you have a key to secure the door. Both of these will do a good job and deter most thieves but, in my view, it’s worth boosting security with a strong ‘fold over’ hasp and staple. Normally screwed into place but my advice is to replace at least one of the screws with a nut and bolt. Add a washer on the inside and you will find it very hard to break open. Do the same with the hinges and then the burglars will hate you. Which is good!
Other advice includes using a moment sensing outdoor light. When a burglar approaches it highlights their presence and ideally makes them beat a hasty retreat. This same light will also be good for you when you need to go down to your garden shed at night. There is a downside, which I know about, and that foxes, cats and other nocturnal animals may set it off in the night.
A spokesman, Malcolm Tarling, from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) also suggests the addition of gravel footpaths or driveways as these will signal intruders in the garden. This is often enough to put burglars off. He also stresses that garden sheds and outbuildings should be locked even if leaving them for just a short while. Sounds great in practice but I don’t think many people will go that far. Maybe to start with but then I’m sure they will slip back into their old complacent ways. Which is good news for the burglars. Not good news for you or the insurance company.
It’s often found that garden sheds and buildings are at a higher risk of being broken into when the clocks go back in October. The darker nights tend to catch people out and they feel more secure and safe indoors. Mr Tarling also suggests that lights are left on in the house when you are not home to make intruders think there is someone in.
The change in hours from Greenwich Mean Time to British Summer Time is not always welcomed and research has shown that nearly 60% of people favour abandoning British Summer Time.