Spring into action against Summer thefts

This is a collaborative post

The weather is warming up and as a result we all start to spend more time outdoors enjoying our gardens. Out comes the garden furniture that has been sheltered from the cold, wet winter. Out come the tools which we use to start fixing up the bits of garden that need repair. Out comes the gardening equipment to make the flower beds look pretty once again. And out come the trampolines, the bikes, the scooters! All the stuff that lives in our sheds and garages that has Spring and Summer usage written all over them. 

Shockingly, a recent survey revealed that every day, 15 people have something stolen from their garden. With stolen items including furniture, barbecues, lawnmowers, plants and shrubs, garden thefts can amount to a staggering £1,169*.

As a result, security experts Yale has put together its top tips to keep you secure this spring.

  • Fit a heavy-duty padlock that can withstand all weathers. 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.
  • Anchors and cables can be used to loop through items such as bike wheels or lawnmower handles in the shed to provide an extra level of protection if an intruder does manage to gain entry.
  • If you have an alarm for your home, consider connecting the existing system to your shed by adding a PIR detector that will alert you to any movement. However, you could also buy a small standalone alarm to give you added peace of mind.
  • Install a smart CCTV kit to catch any criminals on camera. Make sure it has infrared night vision so you can still see them under the cover of darkness.

Reading the above tips and thinking about our own garden, I think we could seriously improve our security. We have a wonderful storage container that houses the bikes and scooters but it currently has no padlock on it, leaving it incredibly vulnerable to anyone taking a punt on our garden. We also have a tendency to just leave things out in our garden! When no rain is forecast, it's easy to think, oh I'll just leave that there for tomorrow, but we absolutely should not do this. I'll be popping over to Yale to see their full range of home security products to see how best we can protect our outdoor belongings. 

*Sourced from The Mirror

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