Another garden shed in the Grantham Road area was entered sometime between Fri 7th and Sat 22 September. A valuable mountain bike, a cycle helmet, a hydration pack and a socket set were stolen. This follows similar attacks in this area a few weeks ago. It would seem wise for anyone with a garden shed or other outbuildings to review their security:
- Where possible remove more valuable items to a safer location in the house or garage
- As far as possible restrict access to sheds by locking/bolting gates and ensuring that garden fences are secure
- Fit a shed alarm - these are available from B&Q and Argos. They cost under £20 and are simple to fit taking about 15 minutes.
- If your shed has external hinges (eg T hinges) it is easy for a thief to gain access by unscrewing the screws. For each hinge replace two screws with coach bolts secured through the timber - one through the frame and one through the door.
- Standard hasp and staple or Breton bolts, typically used to secure sheds, offer little resistance to the most basic bolt croppers. Replace with heavy duty/ high security alternatives available from Homebase or most locksmiths costing less than £15.
- If your shed has windows, glass or plastic, fit additional timber or metal bars inside the window frame so that if the window is broken or removed access is still restricted.
- If possible improve lighting around the shed.