Outdoor Security Advice is this weeks topic for National Home Security Month, which follows on from last weeks advice which focused on security inside the home and how to protect valuables inside the house. Here we’re looking at helping you protect yourself from thieves targeting property outside your house, or using items that are outside to gain entry to your home.
1. Shed & Outbuilding Security Advice Tips
Use Shed security to protect items in your outbuilding
- For added protection use ground/wall anchors, padlocks, cables and chains to secure expensive items in your shed.
- Use the security devices to lock items together to make them awkward to remove/use.
- Always look for 3rd party accreditation for your security products such as Sold Secure approval.
Burglars use ladders or tools lying around in your garden to break in!
Burglars could use these to break into your home, so store them securely in a shed or outbuilding
- Again using shed security products mentioned above to secure your shed/outbuilding.
- If you have a flat roof then think about where you store your wheelie bin and whether this could be used to gain access to that flat roof and thereby any windows within reach of that roof.
2. Bike Security Tips
Less then 5% of stolen bikes are returned
If you’ve got a bike, secure it in a shed or garage with a sold secure approved cycle lock – statistics show that less than 5% of bikes stolen in the UK are ever returned. Also make sure you lock it to something sturdy – ideally a ground anchor fitted into a concrete floor or look at the likes of a shed shackle. LOCK IT OR LOSE IT!
Sold Secure Approved Bike Locks
Sold Secure approved bike locks are approved to gold, silver or bronze standards – visit the Sold Secure Bike Approval Page.
Gold – high risk enviromment (higher time limit and heavier level tools)
Silver – medium risk environment
Bonze – normal environment (relatively short time period with limited tools)
3. Shed & Outbuilding Alarms
Use a Shed/Outbuilding Alarm
You can help protect valuable items stored in a shed or outbuilding by using a battery-powered stand-alone alarm. You can get some devices that will notify you and send you a picture should your shed be broken into. You may also want to consider installing security lighting around your shed.
60 Second Shed Security Video from GM Police
4. Advice for Vehicle Security Over Night
Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle
- Never leave items of value in your vehicle over night.
- Trades people in particular should never leave tools in their vans
- Statistics show UK tradespeople have lost £75million from theft of tools since 2008.
- Use additional security on your van – Consider getting a professional to add security such as slam locks etc –
Sold Secure for details for approved Sold Secure vehicle security products.
REGISTER YOUR VALUABLE PROPERTY:
We recommend registering your property at Immobilise.com
1 in 5 people have been a victim of garden theft/vandalism
If you unsure of any of the above regarding Outdoor Security your local MLA locksmith will be able to advise accordingly.
Past Home Security Month Posts