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Don't give thieves shedloads of opportunity...

If you have a shed or outbuilding, is it secure? The total value of the items in your shed or outbuildings can often be more than you think so make sure you have appropriate security measures in place to protect your belongings.

Did you know? The average contents of a garden shed are worth £1,000

ShedburglaryHere are some helpful tips to prevent you falling victim to burglary:

Lock -512 When you have finished with your tools, including ladders, make sure you put them away in a secure location out of sight.

Lock -512 Fit a metal grille on any garage or shed windows to secure them.

Lock -512 Screen shed or garage windows using curtains or frosted glass so contents from within cannot be seen.

Lock -512 Fit a shed or garage alarm.

Lock -512 Permanently mark bikes and power tools with your postcode and register them for free at www.immobilise.com

Lock -512 Use a ‘Sold Secure’ close-shackled padlock to secure a hasp and staple fitted with coach bolts or tamper-proof screws on your shed.

Lock -512 We would advise against keeping high-value bicycles and other items in the shed but, if this can't be avoided, chain tools, cycles and other valuable equipment together using a high-security chain and a padlock. Anchor the chain into the wall or floor.

Lock -512 Get a family member or close friend to keep an eye on your property if you are away.

Important: If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, or believe a burglary is in progress, call 999.

If you discover a burglary has taken place, you can report it to us online or by calling 101.

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