Householders are using their sheds to store more and more tools and equipment such as lawnmowers, bikes, power tools along with their garden furniture.
Your Safer Neighbourhood Police Team would therefore ask you all to take
some time to go into your gardens and check on your garden security
in relation to your sheds and security lighting should you have any.
Shed security is just as important as securing your home. Thieves consider sheds as soft targets, as these are often flimsy timber buildings out of sight at the bottom of the garden, which can hold many hundreds of pounds worth of goods. Sheds are not the best places to store valuables.
As sheds and garden items are often left insecure many insurance companies are refusing to pay out when care has not been taken to make these items safe. Many insurance policies also do not cover items left outside the house.
Often the items stolen are virtually untraceable once sold on at car boot sales, other cash-in-hand venues or through Internet auction sites.
Garden and Shed Security Advice
With the lighter nights, now is the time to make sure that your garden along with your shed is secure. Here are a few tips that you may have over looked:
- Are your fences and gates in good state of repair?
- Do your gates have a good quality lock on them?
- Do you have security lighting? If you do, is it aimed at the house? Do not just light up the garden; make sure you are illuminating the areas where a criminal may gain access to your property. Thieves do not like to be illuminated.
- Make sure any security lighting is placed high up out. Criminals like to tamper with lighting.
- Secure those cherished garden ornaments and furniture. Also secure your wheelie bin; burglars have been known to move bins to stand on to gain access to first floor windows. They have also used bins to take away your property.
- Are there any overgrown areas where someone could hide? Cut it back so that you can see what is going on.
- Has the shed survived the Winter/Spring without damage, which could help a thief gain access? If not, don’t delay – fix it now.
- Are the shed doors secured? Shed doors are notoriously easy to get into so strengthen the door and frame if you can. Fit an additional padlock using a good quality hasp and staple and even think about replacing the hinge screws with coach-bolts. Thieves will take the time to unscrew the door hinges in order to gain access.
- Are the windows secured? Use a window lock on opening windows. Fit a strong grille or heavy wire mesh.
- Use an alarm.
- Does your insurance cover the shed and all the equipment you store in there?
Remember BE SAFE, BE SECURE.
If you do need any further Crime Reduction advice please contact your Local Safer Neighbourhood Team at Newark Police Station.
If you have seen or heard anything in relation to any shed breaks, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team on the following numbers:
Remember you can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
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