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We spend a lot of time thinking about the security of our house. We get security systems, special locks, and cameras to make sure that our family and home are protected.
However, we tend to forget about our shed.
You just put your lawn mower, yard tools, chainsaws or boxes of personal belongings out there and forget about them. If you want to keep it all safe, you need to start thinking about what needs to be done when securing a shed.
To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best steps you can take to protect your shed and everything inside of it.
Our goal is to help you keep yourself, your family, and your belongings safe and secure. Here are some things to keep in mind as you work on securing a shed.
Choose the right location
The best location for your shed is somewhere that is in your sight from your house but out of sight from the road.
You don’t want people to easily be able to drive by and identify that you have a storage shed. However, you don’t want it’s so secluded that someone could easily break into the shed without you ever being able to notice.
If possible, place the shed somewhere where lights will shine in the direction of it at night. This will make people more skittish about trying to break into it.
Take a second look at your hinges
One of the weakest points when protecting your shed is the door hinges. Your storage shed hopefully don’t have the hinges of a 100-year-old abandoned barn (see below), but then again, it might…not good!
The hinges on a typical shed are attached by screws that are short and easy to force off, making it easy to break into.
Replace the screws with nuts and bolts. You can also consider super gluing them on as you tighten them down.
You want to make sure that the hinges are very difficult to remove in order to reduce easy access to the shed.
Reconsider the windows
If your shed is purely for storing items and nothing else, it is best that it does not have windows.
Many people like the way that windows look on a shed, but they create one more easy access point for thieves to break into.
There’s got to be a balance between security and aesthetics, and sometimes if a window is just there for the looks factor, you may want to pick a model of shed that has no window, assuming you haven’t bought one yet.
If you already have an existing shed with windows, look for ways to reduce visibility into the shed.
This could be as simple as putting up opaque security sheets that stick directly on your windows.
You can also use the glass spray that gives a frosted appearance.
Your main goal is to reduce the ability that someone has to see what’s inside of your shed.
Beef up the lock
Most sheds come with a very basic lock that is easy to break.
When replacing a lock with a better one, keep in mind that you don’t want to make it look like Fort Knox.
If people can tell that you have added much stronger locks they’re going to think that there is something of great value inside, making it more tempting to break in.
A hasp and strong padlock is a great option and also inexpensive. If you are using a shackle padlock, make sure to find one that is difficult to be broken with bolt cutters or saws.
Don’t leave your shed open for people to see inside
If your shed is easy to see into from the road you want to make sure that you don’t leave the doors open throughout the day for people to peak into as they drive by.
When you are not getting something in the shed or putting something back, make sure that you close the doors even if you are still in the yard.
Also, make sure that you are putting things away at night and keeping the shed locked at all times.
Add an alarm
If you have things of value in your shed and you are concerned about someone breaking in, consider adding an alarm.
You don’t need to go to the same extent as you would on your house, but a simple motion sensor or door sensor with an alarm will help to scare people away.
Secure it to the Ground
There are many sheds, like plastic sheds, that you can buy and simply place in your yard.
Plastic sheds especially when smaller in size are easy to steal. If there are not heavy items in the shed they can simply be picked up or pulled away.
You want to look for ways to anchor it to the ground.
This can be accomplished with L-brackets and rawl plugs or making sure that the items inside the shed are heavy enough that it is not possible to be lifted.
This is also a good idea to do just to protect your shed in the case of high wind storms. The last thing that you want is to see your entire shed blowing away.
Weatherproofing might not be something that comes to mind, but it plays a role in securing a shed.
If you have a shed built from wood, you need to make sure that you weatherproof it to help it remain durable.
When not properly weatherproofed, the wood will begin to rot and become weaker over time, making it easier to break into.
You don’t want areas of boards that are easy to remove because they’re rotting away.
Securing a shed matters
Securing a shed is an important part of protecting your property. When thieves see that even the shed is difficult to break into they are going to think the same about your house.
It’s an easy area to overlook, but when you begin to add up the value of the items that are kept in your shed you most likely aren’t going to want to have to replace them all.
If you are buying a shed kit make sure that you read over the reviews. And, don’t forget to do the same thing for the locks and security options that you place in or around your shed.