Garden security advice from the Police
Advice on garden security
From an article published on the shedforce blog
- Put away all tools and equipment and lock up.
- Remember these tools could be used to break into your home.
- Don't leave ladders outside, or chain them up if you have to.
- Replace standard hinges with strap hinges secured by coach bolts or use security screws on existing hinges.
- Use good quality locks to secure your gates and doors.
- A tough pad bar (also called hasp and staple) fitted with a strong padlock and secured with coach bolts is the most effective way of securing a door.
- Some standard locks fitted to up-and-over garage doors are easily overcome. A padlock with a hasp and staple fitted on each side is very effective. Specialist locks for such doors are also available.
- Double garage doors with a rim latch should be supplemented with a mortice deadlock.
- If the garage is attached to the main building ensure that connecting doors are secure.
- Install outside security lighting operated by either movement sensor or photo electric cell (Dusk till Dawn light).
- Check that your household insurance covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.
- Ensure your tools are secured in a good quality metal shed as they provide the best security.
- Mark your power tools etc with your postcode and house number or the first two letters of your house name. Alternatively, permanently mark them by scratching or painting: this will also reduce their value to the thief.
- Fit a battery operated alarm. These can cost less than you think.
- If budget permits invest in a metal shed as they offer the most security.
- 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 and a good quality padlock.
- Photograph valuable and unusual garden ornaments and keep these in a secure place.
"from a report created by Notts Police force"