Shed security is vital for keeping your possessions safe – but it’s also important for your peace of mind. Unfortunately, sheds are becoming a target with darker nights and mornings around the corner, burglars are likely to target the garden buildings in other parts of the UK too.
To help shed owners protect their property from intruders, Tiger Sheds garden building expert Sam Jenkinson has shared his five tips for keeping your shed secure, including where best to position your shed, as well as the security to use in order to keep your belongings safe:
Keep your shed away from prying eyes
It’s important to be careful when choosing your shed’s location. If criminals can’t see the shed, they won’t know it’s there and will be much less likely to try and break in. Place your shed in a spot that is not visible from the road or any alleys, but that is visible from your home itself. That way, you can also keep an eye on it.
Fit a shed security door and locks
Sam recommends upgrading your current lock with two Hasp and Staple padlocks. As the hasp covers the screw fittings which is a prime weak spot that thieves would otherwise try and exploit.
A good padlock is the first step in order to deter thieves from attempting to gain access to your shed, and although many may overlook this simple step and go with any old padlock in order to barricade their outdoor storage, thieves are much more likely to abandon any efforts if met with resistance when trying to gain entry.
Obscure the view from outside – and hide what’s inside
To stop thieves from seeing the belongings inside your shed, fit curtains, or blinds any windows. This not only improves shed security, but also has the potential to improve the décor and make your building a more pleasant place to be. In addition to covering the windows, you can also hide items inside by covering them too. If potential thieves can’t see your belongings, they’re less likely to take a chance on breaking in.
Thieves are not likely to spend time trying to uncover the best goods and are much likely to get away with what they can see immediately, so obscuring your most expensive items is a must. Leaving out your least valuable items could well be the difference between them making off with rubbish taking up space rather than a prized possession.
Install a light, camera, and alarm
Consider installing a security light with a motion sensor to scare away thieves. A shed security camera can also make thieves think twice before breaking into your shed. If there is no electricity supply to your shed, solar-powered versions are also available. The best alarms are fitted with door triggers and motion sensors that can also make thieves panic and run away. But if you install an alarm, make sure it’s visible. The mere presence of these kinds of systems can often deter thieves.
Install gravel around your shed
Lastly, gravel driveways and paths are great for making sure you can hear anyone approaching your property. If you install gravel around your shed, the loud crunch of footsteps can be enough of a deterrent for a burglar to move on to another target.