As a yearly visitor to the Hampton Court Flower Show, I'll be enjoying much of the show's inspiration and fabulous florals this year, but I'm equally excited to see the fantastic gardening range provided by Forest Garden Products.
Sad to relate but garden thefts seem to be on the increase and that's why Nathan James Dodd thinks security sheds are such a good idea.
Most of us just have a traditional shed that keeps the contents dry and out of the way, but are they secure?
For instance, does the shed door have have a padlock with hasp and staple? This is particularly important if you bear in mind that insurers might not pay out for stolen goods if a shed is not locked.
A 'shed bar' across the door is also a great visual deterrent together with good quality fixtures and fittings. Fit a grill over the windows and either install locks or screw opening windows shut. Keep the shed well maintained and think about fitting an alarm, they are available fairly cheaply.
Possibly saving you money in the long run, a security shed will keep your valuable garden equipment away from the prying eyes of passers-by and thieves. Lawnmowers, garden furniture and children's bikes can be stored securely, out of view and behind a padlocked door.
You may however decide that the best way to protect your property is to buy a shed that has been designed specifically with security in mind.
In the Hall's range of security sheds there are several sizes and types of security shed, all outstanding value for money. The sheds are robustly framed, all doors are braced for strength, there are security bolted zinc hinges and a padbolt protector. The narrow windows, high up on the side, are internally glazed, and there's even an option to have no windows at all.
As an alternative, Asgard Secure Sheds are ISO accredited and constructed from galvanised steel. The Asgard Classic model has reinforced door surrounds and a drill and pick resistant lock covered in 1.6mm steel housing. Among many other security measures, the Classic's handle snaps off if forced entry is attempted, leaving your valuables safe inside.
Forest, another leading brand, have a double door 10ft x 8ft security workshop. No windows and a selection of other anti-burglary features make theft much more difficult. If you have an allotment, keeping your tools in a compact security shed such as Forest's 6ft x 4ft or 8ft x 6ft is an excellent idea.
Rowlinson manufacture similar sheds, their 6ft x 4ft, 7ft x 5ft and 8ft x 6ft allotment sheds have security hinges and are windowless. The latter two have double doors that are a great help if you are carrying large equipment.
By placing valuable tools and equipment out of view you are removing them from temptation, and if a break-in is attempted the security features that these sheds offer will deter many thieves.
If you value your belongings, a security shed would seem a very sensible investment. If you need advice on sheds and garden buildings that offer the best protection for your valuables, why not call GardenSite.co.uk who have half a century of independent experience.
If you are the victim of theft, home contents insurance will normally cover any theft from a shed but may have a maximum pay out, or a single article limit if not individually declared, so it's worth checking the small print and ensuring your insurance is adequate.
So that you can prepare a claim, call our dedicated insurance team for impartial information and recommendations on 0121 355 7701 (7 days a week, between 9am and 5pm). GardenSite can then provide a quote for garden related goods, equipment and tools that may have been stolen, or damage done to the shed during a break-in.
Nathan James Dodd
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