Garden sheds are often seen as an easy target for thieves. They’re less secure, frequently contain valuable tools or equipment and are often located a fair distance from the house, making them less likely to be noticed if an intruder attempts to break in. Here we look at some top tips for shed security and the best ways to secure garden buildings.
If you’re looking at buying a new shed, then be sure to consider where to position it. Ideally, your shed should not be visible from the street where it could attract the unwanted attention from passers-by. However, your shed should ideally remain within in eyesight of your house so that if thieves are attempting to break in, you’ve got more chance of seeing them.
Shed door security is often compromised by the door hinges, which are usually attached with short screws and can be easily forced off or unscrewed. Try using longer screws, or replacing the screws with nuts and bolts. Superglue the nut to the bolt on the inside of the door and this will prevent thieves from prising the door off your shed.
If you’re looking at how to secure a shed door, investing in a good quality padlock is relatively inexpensive and will act as a good deterrent to many thieves. A hasp and staple padlock is a good way to secure a garden shed. The hasp is fitted to the door and fits over the staple so that it can be secured with a padlock.
A heavy duty closed shackle padlock is also a good option for shed security locks, because they cannot be compromised by bolt cutters and saws.
One of the best ideas when looking at security for garden buildings is to install an intruder alarm and CCTV. This combination will help keep your tools, bikes, garden and sports equipment safe.
Smart alarms and CCTV cameras with smart sensors are easy to install out of the box and require no wiring, so you can keep your garden building nice and neat. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and you’re good to go. All it takes is a trigger on one of the sensors, and you’ll receive instant footage on your smart device so you can see what’s going on. The alarm can be set to notify you, a key holder or an alarm receiving centre.
If the worst happens and an intruder does breach your shed security, you can hinder the chances of them getting away with your possessions by locking them together.
Use a bike lock to chain together items like bikes, lawnmower, expensive tools and other equipment. Having to get through another level of locks may be just enough to put your intruder off.
If you’re looking for a new garden shed, Surrey Hills Garden Buildings can help with everything from the planning to the design and installation, as well as the removal of your old shed. We can also help to enhance your shed security with ideas on shed security locks and other accessories.
Why not visit one of our dedicated show sites for inspiration on sheds and summer houses? Our family run team is on hand to provide you with friendly, expert advice on all areas of shed design and installation.
Please do get in touch with any specific queries regarding sheds or shed door security. We look forward to speaking to you.