Your shed has probably been one of the places you’ve been glad to spend some time during lockdown. Every shed needs a tidy up now and then, and you’ll uncover all sorts of things you thought you’d lost or thrown away. It’s also a place for storage, a workshop set up and even for laundry – a true multi-functional space. It’s this fact that makes sheds such a good target for burglars.
You should check your home insurance policy to see whether items in your shed are covered. In many cases they are, but if you have specialist equipment, perhaps a top of the range bike or power tools, these could be valued at more than the insurance pay out. Take a pen and piece of paper with you next time you to down to the shed and list each item and the cost of replacing it. You may be surprised to find that the contents of your shed are worth far more than you thought – we don’t see these items all the time and it’s easy to forget what’s actually in there.
Most sheds are secured with a lock that’s easily breakable, and some people don’t even lock theirs at all, as it’s within the boundary of their property and therefore considered safe. If you’re going in and out a lot to get washing, pick something out of the freezer for dinner or getting gardening tools locking your shed can seem very inconvenient, but this is a bad habit to develop. Always lock your shed overnight, and during the day if you’re going out for a walk or some shopping; start getting into this habit. It’s worth adding another hasp and padlock type lock if your shed doesn’t already have one, as these are harder to break than standard locks. Trying to open one of these locks without the key also makes a lot of noise, and burglars want to avoid drawing attention to themselves.
While a lock and even an alarm system (either standalone or part of your home intruder system) are great for security, make sure it is proportional to the value of the items inside. Making your shed as secure as Fort Knox, can be an advertisement that there are items worth stealing inside and then it becomes a target.
Take some time to check the integrity of your shed. Are there any loose panels or loose windows? Does the door shut properly, or is there room to crowbar it open? These are all ways a burglar could get in, so make sure these flaws are mended quickly. Breaking a padlock makes noise, but loose panels and windows can be removed almost silently, offering a great entry method for a burglar.
Motion sensor lighting is a must for shed security. It will alert you to any activity around the area at night, as well as providing you with adequate lighting when you need to go to the shed in the dark. Motion sensor lights are great for scaring off burglars, and if they can then see your home CCTV camera pointing in their direction they will move on to a less secure target. If you have an existing home CCTV set up that doesn’t extend to your shed, add another camera or set up a separate one to monitor any activity outside your shed. Obvious CCTV is a fantastic deterrent as burglars don’t want the potential evidence to convict them.