Sheds and garages

  • Garages and sheds are often full of expensive tools to steal or use to break into the house. Do not leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house.
  • Fit strong padlocks and hardware to shed and garage doors.
  • Make sure that the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in.
  • Fit locks or bars to windows.
  • Lock ladders inside your garage or shed.
  • Consider lockable steel boxes or anchor posts fitted to the floor to secure tools and equipment.
  • Garden tools and machinery should be permanently marked with your postcode.
  • Install a battery or mains-powered shed alarm, available from all good DIY stores at a reasonable price.
  • For extra security, replace the screws in external hinges of your shed or garage side-door with 'clutch-head' screws (also known as 'anti-tamper' or 'coffin' screws).
  • Secure your wheelie bin to stop an intruder using it to climb on.