Protecting your shed and its contents are just as important as protecting your home. Any hand tools or gardening equipment could be used to break into your home, or simply stolen and sold on. Which leaves you with the emotional upset, mess and chaos as you try to replace everything.
A few tips to improve shed security:
Around the shed
- Shut and lock any gates into a back garden.
- Secure sheds and garages with grilles over windows, strong hinges and a good lock.
- The extra noise made by a gravel path can be a good deterrent.
- Return any tools to the shed or garage after use.
- Security lights can have a very positive effect, but you must be able to see them from the house.
- Display a sign on your shed stating all valuables have been removed.
Inside the shed
- Fit a shed alarm to the inside of the door.
- Photograph each item to create an inventory.
- Make a note of each serial numbers and record it on Immobilise.
- Forensically mark your power tools and other items in the shed.
- Decide if the item needs to go in the shed or could it go in a locked garage or your home.
- Bicycles and larger garden equipment should be locked to a correctly installed ground anchor or shed shackle, they should also be security-marked and registered with Bike Register.