Outdoor security may stop you being a target

PUBLISHED: 14:27 13 July 2006 | UPDATED: 11:53 04 May 2010

Outdoor security may stop you being a target

Outdoor security may stop you being a target

MOST people these days take some security measures to protect their homes. Unfortunately, the same measures aren t always taken with sheds, garages and outbuildings. Garden sheds have increasingly become a target for the burglar, due to modern home securi

MOST people these days take some security measures to protect their homes. Unfortunately, the same measures aren't always taken with sheds, garages and outbuildings.

Garden sheds have increasingly become a target for the burglar, due to modern home security coupled with the vast array of DIY tools, garden equipment and power tools available today.

Tools that are left out in the garden are sometimes used to break into the main dwelling or a neighbour's home.

Maybe now would be a good time to check your current security measures. Estimate the value of your goods. If you have any particularly expensive items it may be worth chaining these up within the shed, or you may even wish to purchase a metal cabinet to use for storage. The cabinet should be bolted to the floor or wall for extra security. If you have any items that are of sentimental value, you may wish to consider securing these, especially if they cannot be replaced.

Property marking is a valuable security measure, especially when you consider that around 95 per cent of property recovered by the police is not marked, making it more difficult to return it to the rightful owner.

Marked property can sometimes help the police in securing a conviction. It is a good idea to put up a notice to say that your property is marked. It may deter a potential thief.

A few simple tips could help prevent you from becoming a victim:

# 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.

# 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 photoelectric cell dusk to dawn light.

# Check that your household insurance covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.

# Mark your power tools etc. with your post code and house number or the first two letters of your house name. Alternatively, permanently mark them by scratching or painting as this will also reduce their value to the thief.

# Fit a battery-operated alarm. These can cost less than you think. You can purchase one from your local crime prevention officer.

# 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.

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