Sheds, allotments and garages
Places where you store tools, machinery and other valuable equipment offer easy pickings to thieves.
You can reduce the risk of having your property stolen by:
• always putting tools and equipment away in a locked place
• disabling lawn mowers and other machinery when not in use and chaining items together to a solid anchor point
• using closed shackle padlocks and installing alarms and security lights.
• If your property is stolen, you have more chance of getting it back if it is recovered by us if you write down some details (make, model, serial number and identifying marks) and have pictures of the items.
You can also:
• register valuables on https://www.immobilise.com/ – the national secure property database
• security-mark items with a UV pen or a forensic marking solution
• keep hedges and fences maintained and gates locked
• secure hanging baskets to their brackets
Tips for keeping your garden shed secure from intruders
- Before you start looking at locks and alarms for your garden shed, inspect the building itself. Is the roof in good shape, for example? Thieves have been known to lift off a flimsy roof to get at tools inside.
- Make sure the shed door is in good condition – there’s no point strenghthening hingers and fitting padlocks if it’s easy enough to kick in a rotting door panel.
- Use clutch-head screws or coach screws on th shed door hinges and on the hasp and latch – these types of screws can’t be easily unscrewed. Fit two padlocks on the door: one about a third of the way down from the top, the other a similar distance from the bottom of the door.
- Choose closed-shackle padlocks to make the shed door more secure – they have very little of the metal hoop exposed, which makes them much less vulnerable to someone wielding a pair of bolt cutters.
- If your shed has a window, make it harder for thieves to find out what’s inside by obscuring it – cover it on the inside with bubble wrap, horticultural fleece or even an old net curtain. Fit laminated glass in the window – it’s harder to break – or fit security mesh across the outside.
Tips for keeping tools and equipment in your shed secure
- If someone does manage to get into the shed, make it hard for them to carry off equipment such as lawnmowers and chainsaws. Use heavy-duty chain and a padlock to link items together: a lawnmower, a heavy barbecue and a bundle of garden chairs chained together will be awkward to drag away.
- Does your garden shed have a concrete base? You could install anchor bolts and use a chain and padlock to secure equipment stored in your shed.
- Always put away tools, equipment and bikes – anything of any value – when you aren’t using them. Be aware that burglars may find some garden tools handy for breaking into the house.
- Mark equipment with your postcode – use a UV pen, paint the details on or scratch them onto metal handles.
- In summer it can be a pain to have to put garden furniture in every night – check whether your insurance policy covers items left out in the garden.