How to keep your garden safe and secure
Whilst gardens aren’t necessarily the first place that you think of as burglary targets, garden theft isn’t uncommon. There can be a lot of expensive equipment lying around and there’s less risk of thieves bumping into anyone! Most household insurance policies only offer limited cover for garden-related items, so it’s important to secure your garden against theft. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to do this.
Invest in quality garden storage
There is no better way to keep all of your tools and equipment safe than to invest in a good, strong garden storage unit. Whether it’s a metal shed or an all-wood chest, these units are usually tough and a pain to break into. It’s also a much better storage solution than leaving all your tools out on the lawn.
Make sure your gates are locked and bolted
This is a definite must. If you’ve got things in your garden and you want them to stay there, then you should definitely stick a good lock – or indeed, a couple of good locks – onto your garden gate. Don’t scrimp here: good locks are well worth the money.
Install a light
One sure-fire way to deter any thief is to let them know that you’re aware of their presence. The most effective way to do this is to install a motion capture light: thieves can’t avoid setting them off, and you’ll be able to have a quick look out of the window to make sure everything’s OK.
Secure your shed
Another key target for garden thieves is the shed. So make sure that – just like the gate – you’ve got a good quality lock on the door. The shed is typically full of your most expensive items outside the house, so it makes sense to protect it as best as you can.
Make sure your walls actually work as walls!
If you have walls that are a decent height, don’t leave things like bins or bikes leant up against them giving thieves a bunk up! Remember: the more obstacles in their way, the less likely thieves are to succeed.
Mark your property with your postcode
If you can, get your postcode engraved on all of your property. This will make it easier to trace in the unfortunate event of theft.
Consider getting an alarm fitted
Various stand-alone systems are available for gardens and use a passive infra-red movement detector or a door contact system. These are available with either battery or mains power supply and can usually be found in your local locksmiths or DIY store.