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Do you know how to keep your shed or garage secure to protect yourself from burglary?

Alert message sent 09/01/2021 10:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

It’s not uncommon for people to not secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their home.
A burglar will usually try a shed or garage first because they’re often easier to break into and they can find the tools they need to get into the house.
Not only this, but there is a large market for the stolen contents – it’s worth considering if the property kept inside your garage or shed would be better stored elsewhere.
It’s important to keep your shed locked with a good padlock 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.
Another important thing to remember is to check whether your insurance covers the contents of your shed and outbuildings from theft, too.

What else can I do?
  • Consider a battery-operated shed alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.
  • Don’t give thieves 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. Visit www.soldsecure.co.uk to search for ground anchors and other locks designed to fix to floors and walls.
  • 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 if you’re not around.
  • Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option. 
And finally…
We’re aware of break-ins in the south of the city, particularly over the last couple of weeks. Please continue to report incidents to us on 101 – it’s vital information from the public that helps us bring offenders to justice and protect you and your property.

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Danielle Butler (Police, Communications Officer, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight)

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