You may have spent a lot of time and effort on your property, making sure that it is fully secured on every access point but can you say the same for your garden?
Many people fail to take proper precautions for not just their sheds or outbuildings, but also their side-gates or other points of access.
This makes it easier for thieves to break in, potentially stealing valuable contents, as well as potentially making your property more vulnerable to an attack from the back (which is less likely to be seen).
We take a look at what you need to do to secure your outbuildings as well as your home.
Not just a shed
The days of a shed only containing a rusty old lawnmower and a deckchair or two are long gone, with many being used for a variety of sophisticated purposes.
From a flexible storage facility to a bar or computer room, it’s now much more common for valuable items to be kept in an outbuilding. Even modern bikes are very valuable, often rivalling some of the most expensive items from inside your house!
And it’s not just the fact that the contents of your shed are attractive to thieves, it’s much easier to break in too. Plain glass windows often display the goodies which are inside and the lock which protects them is often worse than useless.
Even if you think that your shed doesn’t have anything of real value, it could still be a target because of the potential help the contents could provide. Tools and ladders are valuable and could be used for a theft or burglary somewhere else.
The other advantage for would-be thieves is that outbuildings are often located at the bottom of the garden, away from the house, meaning that they are less likely to be overheard when trying to gain access.
Increasing your security
The security on your shed should be equivalent to that on your home to deter thieves from attempting to break in. You should also make sure that your gates or access points to your back garden are similarly protected.
Some of the measures you could implement yourself include:
- placing gravel on the approach to your shed to make it much noisier, and act as a deterrent
- install a motion-sensor light which will flood your whole garden with a bright light if anyone approaches
- make sure there are no gaps in either your perimeter fence or hedges that would allow a person to squeeze through
- fit curtains or blinds to the shed to make it more difficult to see the contents within
- invest in a lockable cupboard for inside the shed where you can place your smaller, valuable items
- padlocks larger items such as bikes to something which can’t be moved
- check the roofing material; there’s no point enhancing the door security if thieves could easily break in from above
All of the above steps can easily be carried out by yourself and will help protect your outbuilding. However, it really is vital that you also have a high quality lock on the door and the windows and for this; you will need the assistance of a good locksmith.
Fitting new locks to your outbuildings is quick and easy and could be the single most effective factor in deterring thieves from breaking in.
If you follow all of the above recommendations your outbuildings will be much safer, and as a result, your home will be much better protected too. A locksmith will be able to give you advice on the type of lock that’s most suitable for your outhouse along with suggestions for any other measures to enhance your security too.