Shed and garage security very often falls way down the list of
household priorities, yet there are usually expensive and desirable
items stored there.
There may even be tools that a would-be burglar
could use to gain entry to the home, or attack the home. It is
therefore vitally important that the shed and garage are secure.
With the lighter nights the police
are seeing more reports of attempted or actual break ins to garages
and sheds - a leaflet has now been produced by the Community Safety
Unit in Bridge Street to give advice to residents on how best to
protect garages and sheds by updating and improving locks, doors,
windows, lighting and your perimeter protection, main points
Make sure doors are substantial.
The door should be hung on strong hinges that are secured with
coach bolts or clutch head screws, as ordinary fixings can be
If the door is thick enough, get
hinge bolts to protect the hinge side of the door.
Fit a hasp, staple and padlock
and make sure it is bolted through.
Fit a five lever mortice lock to
each side of a metal up and over door to improve security.
When choosing a padlock go for
either a hardened shackle padlock, close shackle padlock, disc
padlock, or an anvil sliding bolt padlock and use a substantial
padbar (hasp and staple) or locking plate.
All opening windows require good
window locks. If you never open them, consider screwing them
firmly shut from the inside and cover with a grill.
For a copy of the leaflet contact
the Community Safety Unit on 0845 456 456 4.
April 2007 -
Peterborough UK Community Website