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Shed security crime prevention advice

Shed security

Tips to consider

  • You are probably disciplined about locking your doors and windows when you leave your home, but what about your shed or garage?
  • Research shows that thieves often take tools such as ladders and spades, from a garage or shed, to help them break into a house, ensure yours are always locked away.
  • Try to site your shed within view of the house and ensure there is adequate lighting. Consider installing an alarm.
  • Visibly mark all removable items with your postcode and house number. Register property at www.immobilise.com or www.bikeregister.com
  • Ensure the shed is in a good state of repair. Fit a good quality padlock.
  • Ensure the hasp is bolted through the shed and into a steel plate. Secure up-and-over garage doors with padlocks through the inside runners or fit a padlock (with hasp and staple) to either side of the door.
  • Replace ordinary screws on outbuilding doors with non-return screws or coach bolts.
  • Glue, smeared over the heads of screws, may stop the thief from unscrewing them.
  • Make a note of make/model/serial number of tools and bicycles, take photographs and secure in a safe place.
  • High value items such as bicycles and lawn mowers should be shackled together, ideally to the fabric of the building or to a metal post cemented into the ground.
  • Consider having lockable steel boxes fitted to the floor to store your tools.
  • Obscure the window of your shed/garage to prevent thieves seeing what you have inside.
  • Use signage to let offenders know you have security marked your property and you are a member of a Watch Scheme.

In an emergency please call 999, otherwise please call 101 (the national police non-emergency number).