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Crime prevention advice on shed and garages

Alert message sent 04/05/2020 12:17:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Is your shed, outbuilding and garage ar risk from burglars?

Crime prevention advice on secure your shed, outbuilding or garage

It’s strange how most people don’t secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their homes. People often end up using a flimsy lock or padlock to protect the contents – whether it’s a car, bike or lawnmower. The fact is, a burglar will usually try a shed or garage first because they can find the tools they need to get into the house.

Shed and outbuilding security: first steps
First off, check that your insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft.

Think like a thief
Take a look at your shed and consider how you would break in. It’s worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they’re secured with wire mesh or grills and keep it locked at all times.

Alarm it
Consider a battery-operated shed alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.

Lock it, hide it or mark it
Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.
Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage.

It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.

Invest in a garage door stop.

Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked when your not around or a sleep inside your home.

• Always mark the property you keep in your garage or shed with your postcode – this will help identification if they are stolen and then recovered. Keep a list of property with photographs.
 
Register your property on www.immobilise.com.

The top five most common items stolen from sheds
  • Bikes
  • Mowers
  • Sports equipment
  • Power tools
  • Garden tools
PCSO Emily Odell
Romsey Neighbourhood Team
 
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Emily Odell (Police, PCSO, Test Vaelly District)

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