Suffolk residents, please secure your sheds and gardens. This is because shed thefts and garden break-ins have become very common this year.
The East Anglian Daily Times reported that several garden break-ins happened during the first half of this year, including three in Little Bealings on the 4th and 5th June. Local authorities say the perpetrators took mostly low-value items, including coats and food. Unfortunately, these incidents appear to be continuing with more shed thefts happening this November. This is why we are encouraging you to take extra precautions, and the following security tips can help in that regard:
Add lights and noise
SunLife General Insurance Director Simon Stanney shared five tips on how to protect your garden, with one of them being to install motion-sensitive security lights. “They draw attention to your home and put thieves off from targeting it,” explained Stanney. He also implores homeowners to make entering your garden as ‘noisy’ as possible, as that “can also discourage would-be thieves.” To do this you might want to invest in gravel pathways, as well as a burglar alarm. Together light and noise are excellent deterrents that will keep unwelcome visitors away.
Mind your plants
A Telegraph article on deterring garden thieves notes that it is “a constant battle to keep ahead of the crooks.” They explain how one easy way to get ahead, in this case, is by choosing certain plants to put in your garden. You ought to avoid planting tall trees or shrubs, as they give intruders cover. Instead, you might want to consider “nature’s defences”: thorny plants. Some good options are Holly, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Berberis, and Pyracantha, as they have thorny branches. Compassion, American Pillar, Maigold, and New Dawn, on the other hand, are “good prickly climbing roses.” So, trim tall trees and shrubs if you have them (and in case you don’t want to get rid of them). Then add some of the plants suggested, preferably close to your fences (which is the burglars’ usual point of entry).
Find more outside and garden security ideas in this guide.
Invest in a metal shed
There are many benefits to choosing or switching to a metal shed. It is more affordable than a wooden shed and is a lot more durable. A metal shed is also more secure as it is much harder to cause damage to the outside compared to a wooden structure. Also, thieves won’t be able to pull apart any of the panels with their hands or a crowbar to access the inside. Even better, a lot of metal sheds are now built with extra security in mind. Screwfix’s range of metal sheds shows how most models come with more than one padlock point, which provides an extra barrier of defence. Investing in a new shed may seem like an unnecessary expense, yet given the spate of recent thefts here in Suffolk it might be time to consider switching, especially if you store expensive equipment in your shed.
Work with your neighbours
A slideshow on The Express featuring 9 home safety tips emphasises the importance of getting to know your neighbours. In doing so you will have “an extra pair of eyes and ears to protect your home.” In effect, you are tapping into a communal bond where members of the community watch out for one another. This is especially important if you need to be away for a few days or weeks. They will either be able to call the police if they see anything, or call you if they suspect anything. There’s a good chance they’ll help keep your home secure (just make sure you reciprocate the good dead).