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How To Secure Your Shed From Burglars

What do you keep in your shed, and how well are you keeping it secure? For many, a shed is nothing more than a wooden hut in their garden that they don’t think much about until someone breaks in and steals all their power tools and valuable equipment.

The value of contents in a shed can add up to hundreds of pounds, sometimes thousands if there are bikes in there, yet they often have significantly less security than other parts of your home and are much easier to break into. This makes them a prime target for thieves. So what can you do about it?

As experts in home security systems, we’re going to give you a few tips for securing your shed from burglars.

Why you need to improve your shed security

Garden sheds are common targets for criminals. In fact, one report found that at least 22,500 shed burglaries occur in the UK every single year. When you think about it, it’s not a surprise. Many sheds are flimsy, poorly maintained and without a secure lock. Not only that, but they also hold incredibly valuable items, like lawnmowers, BBQs, leaf blowers, chain saws and more.

Some modern trends have also seen people converting sheds and other garden buildings into bars, playrooms or offices and storing expensive electrical equipment in them. This makes it even more important that your garden shed is secure.

10 Tips to secure your shed

Below you will find our shed security tips to help you keep all your valuables safe. From concrete floors and new door hinges to spray on frosting and security locks, we will help you find a permanent solution to your shed security.

1 – Choose the site of your shed carefully.

Before you even start building it, you want to find a good spot for your garden shed. Ideally, it’ll be somewhere that’s visible from your house, but not from the street. Consider if there’s a way to conceal it, and position it somewhere that’s awkward for people to get to if they aren’t coming directly from your house.

2 – Buy or build a solid and sturdy shed.

Next up, choose something solid. There are a lot of flimsy sheds out there, but we’d strongly advise you to go for something solid and sturdy. You want it to be able to withstand someone’s attempts to break in without using a door or window.

3 – Anchor the shed.

This simply means fixing it to the ground. Some smaller plastic or wooden sheds are light enough that a potential thief could lift them up and steal what’s inside. Bolting it to the ground, whether it’s earth or on a concrete base, can help. Why not try using L brackets with screws and rawl plugs or staking it down? You could even add breeze blocks to make it too heavy to lift. Another option is attaching it to the wall of your house or an outer wall.

4 – Upgrade the lock.

If it’s an old shed, you may want to replace the existing lock. Even if your garden shed is new, it could be worth upgrading. Consider a combi lock for your shed, or use latches and heavy-duty padlocks. Just make sure you store your key somewhere safe and make sure you have a spare.

Also, while adding multiple padlocks and hasps may feel like a good idea, it can make it more evident that you’re storing valuable items. Don’t opt for anything overly flashy. Keep it sensible, sturdy and secure.

5 – Replace the hinges.

It can be simple to overlook your hinges when you’re sorting out your shed security. You can invest all you want in fancy new locks, but if your hinges aren’t up to scratch, then you’re leaving a simple entry point for a would-be thief.

A shed door is often attached with flimsy hinges using short screws. These can either be broken or simply unscrewed to remove the door hinge in a flash. Consider securing your hinges with nuts and bolts, even glueing them, so they’re harder to remove. Another option is installing security hinges that have been designed to withstand tampering.

6 – Obscure or frost your shed windows.

Windows on a shed are mainly useful if you don’t plan on adding lights or you want to do some work in there. In general, though, windows can be a weak point. Not only can they let criminals see what’s in your garden shed, but they can be broken or removed to gain access.

If you do want to use windows, consider obscuring them with frosting. Another option is to add a security grill or shutter to the windows to make them harder to break or enter through.

7 – Strengthen the shed roof.

Sometimes sheds get broken into by removing the roof. Yup, you read that right. On some wooden or plastic sheds, they simply aren’t appropriately attached. Make sure you check how the roof is secured to the frame and, if you need to, add some more bolts to keep your shed secure. You can do this by bolting it in place inside your shed at regular intervals.

8 – Maintain it and fix any rotten wood.

Keeping your garden shed in good condition is essential. If you have a wooden shed, make sure you don’t let any walls or doors go rotten. If they do, replace them and reinforce those areas. For plastic sheets, keep an eye out for any cracks or damage, and for metal sheds, keep an eye out for rust or erosion. For wooden garden sheds, keep on top of wood treatment and painting.

If you’ve let your shed become dilapidated, a criminal may be more likely to break in thinking it is an easy target. 

9 – Install a security light.

A security light can act as an excellent deterrent, whether it’s attached to your shed or the outside of your house. You can hook one up to a motion sensor, put it on a timer or even connect it to your home security system, so if someone triggers it, your security light comes on.

Security lights can deter thieves before they even start trying to break into your shed. Most thieves prefer to operate out of sight, so working in a spotlight is often enough to make them run. Solar powered security lights are worth considering, then you haven’t got to worry about replacing batteries.

10 – Consider fitting a shed alarm system.

Finally, why not grab a shed alarm system? While you could potentially wire a shed up to your home security system, it’s generally not recommended. This is often down to the cost of installing wires out to your shed or relying on a signal reaching that far from a wireless system. You can, however, add an utterly standalone alarm system that uses batteries to your shed which won’t need wires for power or to communicate with an internal security system.

Secure your home with Boundary

Your shed isn’t the only thing you need to secure. Whenever you’re looking to upgrade the security around your property, you should be considering a home security system. Boundary is a state-of-the-art wireless security system that’s been designed to make home security easy. 

As experts in smart security, we’ve developed a system you can control from your smartphone and sync up with your other smart devices. Keep everything safe, from your garden tools to your valuables with Boundary.

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