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Advice guide - Securing your shed

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Securing your shed

Sheds are often targeted by thieves because they are not designed to store valuable equipment and property - they were originally designed to house potting plants. Their fairly flimsy construction makes them easy to break into via the door, windows, walls or even the roof.

However, many homes have little outside storage space, so the shed inevitably becomes a place for storing items that are not wanted indoors.

We are working hard to prevent criminals from targeting sheds and properties, but you can play your part in making sure it is as difficult as possible for them.

Follow the advice on this page to help secure your shed and garden.

  • Fit a strong hasp and padlock to your shed door. Make sure the door is strong enough to resist being kicked or pushed in. Replace standard hinges with strap hinges secured by coach bolts or use security screws on existing hinges.
  • Consider fitting a battery operated shed alarm.
  • Visibly mark the property you keep in your shed and garage and use anchor points to secure larger tools and equipment.
  • Register your valuables on the national online property database Immobilise so that Police can reunite you with them if they are ever stolen and later recovered. Visit the Immobilise website.

For further advice on property marking visit our property marking section.

Garden security

  • Your front garden should not provide cover for a burglar. Hedges or fences at the front of your home should be limited to 1 metre high.
  • At the rear of your property, hedges, fences or walls should be at least 1.8 metres high. Gates leading to the rear of your property should be the same height and padlocked.
  • Move ladders, tables, chairs and wheelie bins so that they cannot be used to climb on. If possible, chain and padlock them to a strong anchor point.
  • Fit lighting in your garden.

For further and more detailed advice please refer to our Securing Your Shed guide.

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email crime.prevention@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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