A number of police forces around the country have renewed warnings that at this time of year your Garden Sheds and Garden Furniture are at a greater risk of being stolen as the nights are getting longer the opportunist thief is looking for the rich pickings that are stored in the often unsecured garden shed. It is important to protect your shed as once inside the burglar would normally be spoilt for choice for suitable tools to move on to the house.
Many people keep quite valuable equipment in their sheds not only will you find familiar garden tools such as lawn mowers, ride on tractors, chain saws, leaf blowers and hedge cutters but golf equipment, children’s motorbikes and mountain bikes are all targets. As always prevention is better than the cure or in this case prevention is better than replacement and there are a number of things that can be done to help protect not only your shed and it’s contents but will increase the security of your home.
One of the best ways of increasing the security is the perimeter of your garden and using natural defenses such as prickly bushes that form a hedge will deter all but the most determined burglars. Here we have some suggestions of suitable bushes: Creeping Juniper, Blue Spruce, Common Holly, Giant Rhubarb, Golden Bamboo, Chinese Jujube, Firethorn, Shrub Rose, Pencil Christmas Tree, Juniper, Purple Berberis, Mountain Pine, Blue Pine, Oleaster, Blackthorn, Fuschia-flowered Gooseberry, Prickly ash (Zanthoxylum)
If a prickly hedge is not an option then a high fence can be a effective deterrent particularly if you have a flimsy trellis on the top as this will not stand the weight of a burglar and will break with a noisy snap alerting you or the neighbours. If you have a side gate then lock it from the inside with a padlock half way down the door not at the top where it can be easily tampered with.
Security lighting that is triggered by movement is an excellent waring to the householder that something maybe amiss and need to be checked. If you have a burglar alarm for your house you might consider getting it added to your shed if this is not an option the some DIY stores have individual options for a little as £20.
And it is not just your Garden Sheds that are being watched, West Yorkshire Police have issued a warning that Addingham, Ilkley, Menston and Burley-in-Wharfedale areas have has been targeted for it’s Benches, Urns and Decorative Chimney Pots they are suggesting that.
Should all of your hard work not prevented a burglary to your home or garden shed then it is important to be able to identify stolen goods and this can be done by marking them in a variety of ways the most popular being the UV pen but these are now being superseded by etching and electronic tagging. Your local police crime prevention officer will be able to advise you of the best methods for individual cases.