The shed or summerhouse is, normally, a safe haven for your valuables where they can be kept dry and secure from intruders. Inside this versatile building your tools, bikes, garden equipment and other such items are protected and are available as and when required. However, you do need to be careful and ensure all security measures are in place.
The shed is typically a man’s pride and joy and ‘woe betide’ anyone who dares to intrude into this space uninvited, whereas a lady can be more indulgent with a 16×8 summerhouse. This can include ‘the other half’ at times who sometimes come rooting about, but thankfully this doesn’t happen very often. This obsession with these garden buildings comes from early in the 20th century and peaked after the Second World War when the need to grow food helped with the meagre wages at the time but also turned into a welcome hobby and a break from the day to day toil of their daily job.
As time as gone on more and more women have also take a strong liking to the shed and many of them now have their own one of their own. And often this is a summer house which is more becoming to the ‘gentler sex’. These buildings are regularly used for their hobbies and crafting and you can include my wife in those groups. Most Wednesday nights she shares her 16×8 ‘hobby room’ which she bought from 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, who supply a range of timber summer houses as well, with her friends where they indulge in their hobby of card making and crafting. I will say both my wife and myself enjoy these evening for differing reasons.
Like men women are very territorial about their outdoor building – ‘their pride and joy’ – and when a burglar decided to chance his arm and broke into Judith Gazzard’s 16×8 summer house he made a very bad choice. He obviously thought it was an easy target and after breaking into her conservatory then proceeded to break into her summer building as well.
Judith had heard a noise in the night and upon investigation found her conservatory in a right mess which she described as like a bomb site. Looking out into the garden she noticed a light on in the summerhouse so crept out and locked the door from outside before calling the police. Whether it’s a good idea to go outside in the dark at night is questionable but that did not deter her.
When the police arrived they found drug addict, Jason Marshall, inside who was high on drugs and had eaten from a tub of bird food pellets. If that is what these drugs do to you I’m glad I have never had the inclination to experiment with them. He also was found eating Magnums ice cream, which are my favourite. And if I had found him eating ‘MY’ Magnums and been in my garden shed then I would not have been responsible for my actions.
Judith’s actions led to Marshall going to court and being sent to jail for 16 months after he confessed to breaking into the summer house and conservatory. She was praised by the judge as her actions had helped to catch a repeat offender and was awarded £250 for her troubles.
This incident is just one of the reasons why you should ensure your shed and other garden buildings are kept locked up securely. By doing so you are removing the temptation from these people who, for one reason or another, are keen to target any easy and vulnerable buildings such as Judith’s 16×8 summer building. Take a look at 1st Choice’s articles which gives good advice as to what should be done. By following these guidelines you should make your shed and summer houses very undesirable to thieves which as to be a good thing.
Take a look at our 16ft x 8ft Diamond summerbuildings as well as the 16×8 Platinum summer rooms.