Week 4 (w/c 19th October) – The Great Outdoors
During the darker evenings it's vital to ensure your shed, garage and outbuildings are not easy targets for burglars. Although many people take steps to protect their homes and the property inside them, they often leave valuable equipment in gardens and unsecured sheds. Here are some top tips on how to secure your great outdoors;
• Don't leave ladders or tools lying around in your garden – burglars could use them to break into your home, so store them securely in a shed or outbuilding.
• For added protection, use anchor locks, padlocks and cables to protect expensive items that you have stored in your outbuildings and sheds. Using metal rings and chains fixed to the shed frame, with security screws you are able to secure your electrical items, ladders and tools in a safe and secure environment.
• If you've got a bike, secure it in a shed or garage with a good cycle lock. Statistics show that less that 5% of bikes stolen in the UK alone are ever returned. So if you don't want your precious two wheeler being stolen. Make sure its tucked away safely at night.
• Protecting those valuable items stored in your outbuildings and shed by using a battery-powered stand alone alarm.
• CCTV systems allow you to keep a careful eye on your home and its boundaries while you are away. Record footage can also be stored on a PC or supplied to the police in the event of a break in.
With outhouses and sheds being full to the brim with expensive tools, cycles and equipment, most burglars know that behind the door there could be an Aladdin's Cave of expensive equipment. Most items that can be stolen can easily be resold online or at car boot sales, so make sure you make life harder for those thief's out there and remember to always protect your valuables where ever on your property they may be.
For further information about National Home Security Month visit www.homesecuritymonth.com