According to DIY and home improvement giant Wickes, the contents of the average garden shed is worth £1,000. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite a lot and it would be financially painful having to replace those items if they were stolen.
I recently had a major clear out of our shed so I know for a fact it doesn’t contain a grand’s worth of gear. Even so, when I started totting up the value of the goods stored in ours, I was genuinely surprised at how close to that figure I got!
To encourage us all to keep our garden sheds secure, Wickes has launched a campaign called How Safe is Your Shed? In support of the campaign, Wickes has produced a video featuring security expert and former burglar Michael Fraser.
The video is well worth watching. I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly Fraser makes gains entry into a shed that had been secured with a padlock.
Like most families, our shed contains a variety of items. There are bikes and garden toys for the children, garden tools and a lawnmower and various other bits of gardening equipment. It all adds up and I can well imagine it being stolen and sold on the black market.
You only have to take some very simple steps to secure an outbuilding. Good quality locks, external lights and security cameras will all help. As you can see in the video, it is even possible to get an intruder alarm fitted to your garden shed.
Please do watch the video and give some thought as to how safe and secure your shed or outbuildings are. If they aren’t, you know where to go for help!
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