|Garden Shed and Perimeter Security|
Your garden, as well as your house, has valued possessions that thieves would love to steal. It also has expensive equipment that could help them break into your house.
Most burglars are lazy. They look for easy ways of getting into a house or garden. By taking a few simple precautions you can reduce the risk of being burgled and make your house and garden more secure.
Start by looking at your property from the front. Avoid hidden areas where intruders can lurk unseen by making it as clear and open as possible with view lines into the garden. At least have a clear area above waist level so any intruders will be clearly visible. Consider security lighting for any areas that are in deep shadow at night and gravel paths to prevent a silent approach. Our range of security lighting can ensure any intruders are lit up when entering your property.
Make the back garden a difficult area to access by installing Fence and Wall Spikes around the perimeter. Failing this you could always grow prickly hedges or extend fence barriers.
The most vulnerable part of the house is at the rear. Surveys suggest a majority of domestic burglaries took place via the rear or side windows and doors. If burglars can be stopped from reaching these points an actual attack on the house itself will have been deterred. Again Making Fences more secure is a visible deterrent.
Hedges and shrubs in the front garden should be kept to a height of no more than 3 feet in order to avoid giving a burglar a screen behind which he can conceal himself. Gravel paths prevent a silent approach and might alert the occupier to somebody's presence.
Solid wooden gates offer easy entry for thieves because they are sturdy to climb and tend to be tucked away at the sides of houses. Make these harder to climb by covering the cross members with a panel so there isn't an obvious foothold. Gates can be secured with Bolts and Padlocks with alarms. Our Combination Locking Bolt is a great product for giving multiple access to known family members and friends
Unlikely though it may sound, wrought iron gates may be a far more effective deterrent. Their ornamental ironwork makes climbing difficult and any intruders can be seen through them. It's always wise to use at least two locks on a gate if possible. For example, on a wooden gate you could use a padlock and hasp at the top plus a barrel bolt near the bottom and in the case of a wrought iron gate, a thick heavy chain with a padlock.
If the burglar can't go over or through the gate, he may decide to try to take it off completely, so it's important to try to prevent this. This can be done by either welding the hinges shut, or positioning the metal pins in each hinge so that they slide in place at different angles to each other.
Extra Security Steps
Avoid making a burglar's life any easier by leaving gardening tools available to act as the perfect tool with which to force an entry. Always lock them away securely after use and always security mark them. Our Dual UV/Permanent Ink Marker will covertly and overtly mark such expensive tools. Likewise, do not leave ladders to provide easy access to otherwise inaccessible parts of your house. They should be chained and padlocked to a strong post or wall.
Consider installing a domestic style CCTV camera, linked to your TV/video, to overlook your garden. We supply a DVR with 7 Inch screen, ideal for quick monitoring. Not only will it add an extra element of security to your home but it can also offer you the benefit of being able to observe your garden and its wildlife at close quarters from the relative seclusion of your living room. This can be further enhanced by the installation of low pressure sodium lighting within the garden itself, activated by a photo-electric cell, making it both more attractive and secure after dark. Alternatively Solar PIR Security Lights can offer a more cost effective solution.
If you do install a recordable CCTV system, give serious consideration to including a dedicated video recorder securely located within the house; if you connect the cameras to your household video recorder and you have the misfortune to suffer a burglary, not only could the recorder be taken but the recorded evidence with it. Costly garden furniture and valuable ornaments can be further protected by remote movement detectors.
A driveway Monitor could be placed near these items so anyone approaching would send a signal to the internal monitor. Alternatively, you may prefer to padlock these items to the ground- even valuable plants can be treated in the same way. Hanging baskets are certainly worth protecting; locking cables are available for this purpose.
Always property mark your gardening equipment and valuables with your postcode and house number. See our Property Marking products section for suitable products including Property Marking Kits. Crimestoppers Property Protector and UV Pens.
Garden sheds are an extremely popular target with burglars and are often overlooked when security is being considered. The value of the contents, such as lawnmowers, hedge cutters and cycles etc. can often add up to many hundreds of pounds. It is therefore wise to secure the shed door with at least one locking hasp and staple, padlock, combination locking bolt or Padlock Alarm.
It may not always be appropriate to fit a heavy duty padlock, hasp and staple as the shed door and frame may not be strong enough to support them. We stock a range of smaller but sturdy padlocks or locking hasps and staples which would be more suitable.
All opening windows require good window locks.
In addition to fitting external physical security to your shed, it is worth considering the installation of an alarm.. There are various stand-alone devices specifically designed for remote use in garages or sheds. For example :-
- A passive infra-red detector within the shed to detect movement and body heat - Like our MA20 and MA30 PIR Alarms - A door contact system - Like Our MD194 Mark 1 and Mark 11 Garden Shed Alarms All these models will activate a loud alarm if the shed is accessed without the correct de-activation.
Garages are used for storing not only motor vehicles and cycles, but also property similar to that found in garden sheds, as well as DIY power tools and certain household equipment. Considering the value of the property contained therein, security precautions are often found to be wanting, and for this reason they are identified by burglars as easy targets.
Again the range of Garden Shed Alarms can be used to Alarm Garages. So you can choose a PIR Alarm to protect the Garage from any unauthorised entry or use a Contact/Vibration Alarm to protect Garage Doors or Garage Windows from intruders.