Posted 6th Dec 2017
Many Brits will spend spring and summer in their back garden, yet come autumn and winter, they will often start to get neglected
As a result, it's the winter months that will be the popular time of year for burglars who are looking to steal anything which is harboured in your shed as the daylight gets shorter and there's less chance of someone being outside.
That's led to the team at GardenBuildingsDirect.com to compile eight tips to help deter criminals during the darkest months.
1 Choose the location carefully
Ideally, you should position your shed so it will not be visible from the street, but can be seen from the house. This should be a deterrent from thieves trying to break in.
2 Replace the lock
Basic shed locks will usually be easily bypassed. A simple, inexpensive way to upgrade your shed's security will be a hasp and strong padlock. Whilst you want the best lock for your shed, you don't want it to look as though you've got something you're looking to hide - therefore, avoid multiple padlocks.
3 Replace the door hinge
One of your shed's weakest points will be the door. They'll typically only be attached with short screws, so it will be easy to unscrew them or force them off. Toughen them up by replacing the screws with nuts and bolts and then superglue the nut to the bolt on the inside of the door. This will act as a deterrent for criminals.
4 Anchor the shed
A brawny thief could easily lift one side of a small shed to gain access to te treasures it may contain. Prevent this be anchoring your shed to the ground with L brackets, or attach your shed to a garden wall. Positioning breeze blocks inside will also make it too heavy to lift, preventing your shed from blowing away on super windy days.
5 Fit an alarm
Some thieves will be seasoned professionals - they'll therefore be able to bypass your security efforts with the right knowledge and tools, so opt for scaring them off with an alarm.
A motion sensor in the corner of the shed, along with a door sensor, and a siren will sound whenever an intruder's detected. A wireless alarm would be a better option - this won't need hooking up to the mains.
6 Obscure windows
Windows are another of the weak points of the shed's security. Criminals can easily assess whether your shed is worth breaking into, before breaking the glass or frame to do so. If you only use your shed for storage, you won't need windows at all, and can block them out completely with stick-on, opaque security sheets.
If you need natural light, consider installing blinds or curtains and make sure you keep them fully closed.
7 Lock large items together
Locking your lawnmower, bike and hedge trimmer together, for instance, makes a more awkward shape for burglars to take.
8 Mark your belongings
It's better to be safe than sorry - you can improve your chances of being reunited with stolen items by marking them with a security system - you can do this with a UV pen, which only shows up in UV light.