DIY and secure your great outdoors!
May 14, 2014
Fancy a bit of time pottering the garden this weekend? Why not carry about a few simple DIY security jobs to secure your shed in time for summer, when statistics show outdoor burglaries increase by up to 40%!
Most sheds are supplied with minimal door security, so it’s worth fitting a sturdy padlock that can withstand all weathers. Heavy-duty maximum strength padlocks (rating 7-10) are highly recommended as they can withstand the great British weather, even in exposed locations such as homes by the sea.
Stand-alone alarms are also ideal for protecting sheds and outbuildings as they can be placed freestanding on a shelf or fixed to a wall, and will alert you if an intruder breaks in. Each alarm can be accessorised with a remote key fob, so you can easily arm and disarm your system from a distance. Remember, it’s also a good idea if you have an alarm to display a visible sticker in the window to say that one is fitted, as this can help to ward-off any potential criminals.
It’s also worth considering individual items stored within the shed or garage. Yale has a padlock to suit every purpose, from general usage padlocks with a strength guide of 1-3 for toolboxes and lockers, to weather-proof heavy duty padlocks with a 4-6 strength guide and extreme condition padlocks with a 7-10 rating.
Anchors and cables can also be looped through bike wheels or lawnmower handles to provide an extra level of protection if an intruder does manage to gain entry.
With the summer just round the corner now is the perfect time to invest in DIY outdoor security solutions to help you go off and enjoy the summer with the peace of mind that your garden and shed will be just as you left them.