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Home security

As the weather improves, we’ll all soon be getting out the lawn mowers again, so now’s a good time to think about shed security. In the past month or so, there have been quite a few shed breaks across the south. We generally stash all our garden tools and furniture at the end of September and it is only now we are thinking about going back into the shed. In the meantime, the light-fingered thief has been on his travels, helping himself to anything he, or she, can lay their hands on. There is a huge market for second hand lawn mowers, strimmers and other such tools, especially at this time of year.

Sheds, garages and outbuildings pose a real problem for security. Invariably they are away from the protected ‘core’ of the home and are therefore more vulnerable. When you start adding up the value of items in your shed, for instance, lawn mowers, garden tools and garden furniture, it all adds up to a tidy sum indeed. The car boot sale, unfortunately, provides a very convenient outlet for the thief to dispose of your stolen goods, no questions asked! Don’t be tempted to buy cheap tools, for example, from the bloke down the pub. How would you feel if it was your pride and joy tool box stolen from your garage or shed being flogged off cheap?

A good quality padlock and hasp on your shed or garage will certainly deter the casual thief but remember, the lock is only as strong as the door or frame to which it is fixed. When did you last creosote (other brands and products are available!) your shed to protect the wood from rotting?! Having an insecure shed in your garden potentially provides the burglar with a comprehensive supply of tools with which to attack your house!

Remember, Hampshire really is a safe place to live and work. However, we can all do our bit to make it an even better place to be so if you have information about ANY crime, please do not hesitate to give Crimestoppers a call. 0800 555 111 or log on to to give information online anonymously.

Article posted on: 05 March 2012

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