Protect your Home and Valuables: Garages, Sheds, Gates and Fences
Garages and Sheds
Often full of expensive tools ideal for breaking into the rest of the house and often left un-locked.
Never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house. A thief could get in and work on the inner door in privacy.
Fit shed and garage doors with strong padlocks and make sure that they are solid enough not to be kicked in.
Lock ladders inside the garage or shed to stop a thief using them to reach inaccessible windows. If there is no room inside, chain or padlock them horizontally to a sturdy bracket on an outside wall.
Gates and Fences
Check for weak spots where a thief could get in, a low or sagging fence, or a back gate with a weak lock.
A thorny hedge along the boundary can act as a deterrent. But make sure that the front of the house is still visible to passers by, so that a burglar can not work unseen.