August: Keep those sheds secure!

August 03 2015

Update from your Neighbourhood Policing team with PCSO David Said.

Update from your Neighbourhood Policing team with PCSO David Said

We are still getting reports of break-ins to residents' sheds and garages. Below is some advice as to how you can reduce the risk.

Protect your Garden & Outbuildings

When protecting your home, it is not just the house itself you have to think about. Reports of thefts from gardens, outbuildings, sheds and garages, are an issue too. 

DID YOU KNOW? The average contents of a garden shed are worth £1,000! 

Keeping your garden secure

By increasing the security of your garden, not only can you reduce theft and burglary to your outbuildings, you can also help to minimise the risk of forced entry to your house.

  • Supplement and reinforce garden fences with tall and prickly plants and shrubbery to act as a further deterrent to accessing your property.
  • Shrubbery can also be used under first floor windows and around drainpipes to prevent unauthorised access.
  • If the access to the back of your house is gained via a passage, it is recommended you fit a steel bar gate, at least the same height as your garden fencing.
  • Install outside security lighting operated by either movement sensor or photo electric cell.
  • Photograph valuable and unusual garden ornaments and keep these in a secure place.

Security advice for outbuildings

  • Mark your power tools etc. with your post code and house number or the first two letters of your house name and place the details on
  • Put away all tools and equipment and lock up using good quality or specialist locks.
  • Remember these tools could be used to break into your home. Don't leave ladders outside, or chain them up if you have to.
  • Double garage doors with a rim latch should be supplemented with a mortice deadlock.
  • Most standard ‘up and over’ garage doors are easily overcome by a burglar. You can prevent this by drilling a hole through the channel above the wheels and fitting a padlock. Alternatively, fit a hasp and staple each side of the door with a padlock or fit a specialist lock.
  • If the garage is attached to the main building ensure that connecting doors are secure.
  • Check that your household insurance covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.
  • Fit a battery operated alarm.
  • Fit a window grille and/or frosted window film to stop a thief seeing into your shed or garage.
  • Chain tools, cycles and other valuable equipment together using high security chain or cable a good quality padlock or ‘D’ lock
  • Replace standard hinges with strap hinges secured by coach bolts or use security screws on existing hinges

Report it

  • If you discover your garden or outbuildings have been burgled please report it to us on - 101