Spring into action against outdoor theft

As the weather warms up, homeowners start to spend more time outdoors, taking garden furniture, tools and sports equipment out from sheds and garages. A recent survey by MoneySupermarket has shown items in a typical garden, such as furniture, barbecues, lawnmowers, plants and shrubs, total a staggering £1,500, with the average cost a burglary weighing in at a hefty £850.

Children's toys, bikes and garden tools came top of the list for criminals, with 42% of thefts involving power tools such as electric drills, planers and saws.  Most sheds are supplied with minimal door security, so it’s worth fitting a sturdy padlock that can withstand all weathers. Heavy-duty maximum strength padlocks (rating 7-10) are highly recommended as they can withstand the great British weather, even in exposed locations such as homes by the sea.

It’s also important to consider individual items stored within the shed or garage. Yale has a padlock to suit every purpose, from general usage padlocks with a strength guide of 1-3 for toolboxes and lockers, to weather-proof heavy duty padlocks with a 4-6 strength guide and extreme condition padlocks with a 7-10 rating. 

It’s also worth considering investing in anchors and cables, which can be looped through bike wheels or lawnmower handles to provide an extra level of protection if an intruder does manage to gain entry.

With the summer just round the corner now is the perfect time to invest in outdoor security solutions to help you go off and enjoy the summer with the peace of mind that your garden and shed will be just as you left them.   

For further information on the full range of Yale home security products, please visit www.yale.co.uk

* Survey by Aviva insurance