(PRWEB UK) 29 August 2012
Sheds are often overlooked when it comes to home protection - due to their relatively easy accessibility as well as the fact that they often contain expensive items such as bicycles, power tools, golf clubs and lawn mowers, sheds are however a prime target for burglars.
Respected online security provider Crime Prevention Products would like Britons to protect their sheds this summer by heeding the following Top 3 Tips.
Tip 1 – Access
If a shed is not easily viewed from inside the home yet clearly seen from the outside of a property, it presents an appealing invitation for criminals. Homeowners should construct a two metre high barrier, whether a hedge or fence, as a screener from prying eyes. They should avoid using barbed or razor wire on top of a fence however as they could then be held legally responsible for any injuries caused by it. Finally, placing gravel around garden entrances is another excellent yet simple deterrent as it makes a noise which alerts people to intruders.
Tip 2 – Shed Alarm Security
Shed alarms have advanced by leaps and bounds over the past few years – they are effective, easy to install and highly affordable. Property owners can choose from such models as a simple battery operated keypad alarm which detects movement and also has a magnetic contact which would set off the device if a door or window were accessed. There are also keyfob varieties of 130 decibels in sound which have a movement sensor covering 7 metres and a flexibly wide-area of coverage. These shed alarms are also budget friendly – ranging from around £15 to £19.
Tip 3 – Locks
It is crucial to use a robust, good quality padlock to secure the shed – this alone will go a long way in deterring opportunistic criminals. If using a hasp (a type of bolt latch), people should ensure the screws are covered so they cannot be dismantled by a screwdriver. Closed shackle padlocks are a good bet as they are less easy to quickly cut with a bolt cutter. Another excellent choice would be a steel shackle alarm - in addition to being very durable, they come complete with movement and shock sensors which sound an alarm if the lock is tampered with.
CEO of Crime Prevention Products, Terry Rattee, commented: “We British generally love both our gardening and our bike riding, yet it’s amazing how we often forget about adequate protection of the important equipment that we store in our sheds. By following the Top 3 easy tips that cover access, shed alarms and locks, property owners can have peace of mind at a very affordable price.”