Garden Sheds,Tools and Garden Furniture are all being targeted by Thieves looking for easy money. Please cut the odds down of becoming a victim by being aware and taking a few extra precautions with your garden security.
New tools and lawn mowers: Be mindful of how you dispose of the packaging to your new purchases; don’t advertise it to the thieves and burglars with your empty boxes on display outside for roadside collection. Fold boxes inside out or break them up and put them in bag for collection.
Property marking: It’s a good deterrent if your property is visibly security marked with your house number and post code such as www.creproducts.co.uk or labelled if a forensic (hidden) property marking system is used such as www.smartwater.com or www.selectadna.co.uk.
You can also record the serial numbers of any property free of charge at www.immobilise.com. If your property does get stolen with property marking and/or recording on Immobilise there is a greater chance of you getting it back.
Shed security: With sheds coach-bolt and plate the padlock hasp sections to the frame and door, use a good quality “Close Shackle” padlock or a key operated mortice lock; don’t forget the hinges ensure they cannot be unscrewed. Protect windows with a wire mesh, and, fit a curtain or whitewash the windows to prevent prying eyes.
Consider a shed alarm if you do not have one, there are shed alarms available that contact you on the phone when activated and this is a clever device with many applications www.uwatch.co.uk. Products that are fit for purpose can found by looking for the “Secured by Design” or “Sold Secure” logos, or on their websites www.securedbydesign.com or www.soldsecure.com.
Use old paint to mark your tools and equipment, write your postcode on everything of value, particularly lawn mowers and expensive electric tools. Mark underneath your patio furniture. Valuable planters could also be marked. Please secure any house side entrance.