The security of your garden and the shed is a crucial part of a complete security strategy for your home.
If a burglar can gain easy entry to your garden and any cover it provides, without attracting attention, he can then take his time to find a way to overcome the security of your home.
An insecure shed or garage will usually provide him with the tools he needs for the job.
Thieves are targeting gardens for easy pickings of valuable plants, furniture, ornaments etc. and sheds offer expensive equipment, tools and bicycles.
Review your garden security now and take action where necessary, to reduce the risk of burglary and the loss of your valued possessions.
Here are a Few Suggestions
- Are your fences and gates in good repair? Gates should be kept locked and bolted. A thorny hedge can be an excellent deterrent and may be all the protection you need around your property.
- Cut back any overgrown bushes or trees where an intruder could hide.
- Gravel on paths and drives can give you timely warning of someone approaching.
- Fit outdoor garden security lighting – A light activated by a sensor will switch on automatically when darkness falls and switch off when it gets light. This acts as a good deterrent to burglars because your property is lit during the night. Low energy dusk to dawn lighting is cheap to run.
- Don’t leave ornaments or furniture, which can be easily removed outside all year round, unless they are secured in position.
- Photograph valuable garden plants and ornaments and mark your possessions with your postcode. Note the serial numbers of mowers and other valuable equipment.
- Consider installing a garden security camera, linked to your TV/VCR, to afford a view of your garden, thus enabling you to check on any suspicious noise or activity without personal risk.
Sheds Garages and Outbuildings
Use closed shackle padlocks and bars to secure shed doors and protect hinges with coach bolts or non-return screws. Secure your tools in a lockable box or cupboard and use a padlock and chain for ladders.
There are many effective strong devices available for securing shed and garage doors.
Standard solid doors should be fitted with quality mortise locks.
If the garage has a connecting door to your house ensure it is also well protected. Secure all opening windows with key locks, a grill or wire mesh.
If you have a burglar alarm, extend it to protect sheds and outbuildings, or use a simple battery operated alarm.
Last but not least, ensure that your household insurance policy covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.