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Outbuilding and allotment security

Many rural areas are victims of burglaries from outbuildings and recorded crime figures show that thieves are far more likely to break into sheds and garages than houses.

Secure your outbuildings

Garage doors should be lockable or secured by padlocks. A simple method of security for up and over doors is to drill a hole in the top channel above the wheels and insert a padlock into the hole or drill a hole in each channel and use two padlocks. Alternatively, the up and over door can be secured by an outer bracket and floor eyelet bolted to the bottom of the door and secured by a padlock into the floor eyelet.

  • If you have a door lock or window lock on your outbuilding, use it.
  • A simple padlock and hasp correctly fitted to a door can deter the opportunist thief. Use a close coupled padlock for increased security.
  • If you have an integral door between your home and garage. Consider this as an external door and secure it appropriately.
  • Consider external lighting, either dusk ‘to dawn lighting or PIR lighting dependent on the location of the outbuilding.
  • Mark your valuable items in a prominent position with your postcode.
  • Consider placing smaller items in a secure cabinet within your shed or garage, or store them in your home. Do NOT store petrol or other fuels in your home.
  • Consider installing an alarm for your shed.

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