Losing Out on a Shed Load

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Many of us believe our shed contains nothing but old junk but astonishingly, a quarter (25%) of people surveyed with a shed said it would cost more than £750 to replace the items stored in there.

Even more surprising then, is that the research showed that over 1 in 6 (17%) people with sheds do not bother to secure them, even though it may contain high value items such as lawnmowers, bicycles and power tools.

Almost 1 in 10 (9%) people with a shed admitted to having it broken into, which ties into recent British Crime Survey research, which shows that thefts from sheds and gardens increased by 16% to 1.25million crimes between September 2009 and September 2010.

A Yale spokesman said: “The lack of shed security coupled with the high value of the average shed’s contents means that opportunist thieves are stealing expensive bicycles, golf clubs and gardening appliances from unsecured sheds.

“When you consider that a high quality weatherproof padlock can cost just £15 and that a full shed security kit can be under £30 including a simple alarm, it is surprising that people are not taking more care to protect their valuable shed contents."

The research also showed that women were more likely to keep garden furniture in their shed (37% of women with sheds vs. 33% of men), whereas a higher percentage of men stored barbeques in theirs (22% of men with sheds vs. 20% of women).

Interestingly, the survey also showed that UK householders keep an array of quirky and unique items in their shed, including mobility scooters, model aircrafts and surfboards.

For more information on shed and garden security products from Yale call 01902 364647 or visit www.yale.co.uk.

*All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1997 adults, of which 1312 have a garden shed. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29th – 31st March 2011. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).