What is the best way to keep your tools secure?

With tool theft on the increase, secure tool and workshop storage is becoming increasingly important. Gangs of tool thieves are targeting vans and garden sheds looking for power tools to steal and these stolen items are usually sold on at car boot sales.

In Cambridge 22 cars and vans have been targeted by tool thieves in the space of a week and thieves have been walking away with hundreds of pounds worth of items. Recently, police recovered more than 150 power tools from a house in London. These tools included drills, chainsaws and angle grinders.

Make sure your tools are locked away

Make sure your tools are locked away

Making sure you tools are locked away securely, will not only keep your tools safe, but it can also keep your home and property protected too. As many thieves steal tools and use them to break into people’s homes.

How do you keep tools safe?

For the best protection for your tools, make sure they are locked out of sight. Asgard Secure Steel Storage offers a range of high security workshop storage units to provide security for your tools and equipment.

Secure Workshop Storage

Secure Workshop Storage

Asgard workshop storage is made from strong weatherproof steel and has been fitted with the best security features, such as a pick resistant locking mechanism and 5 point locking system to keep thieves out. The reinforced hinges, doors and panels also make this an extremely tough storage unit. Find out more about these high security workshops, by visiting the Asgard Website.

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Quad Bike Theft Statistics 2012

New statistics released have shown that in 2012 Tractor thefts has fallen by a massive 47% compared to the previous year, unfortunately figures from the Metropolitan police force’s Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence unit showed that quad bike theft has increased by 25%. It seems thieves have stopped targeting the large machinery and are focussing on quad bikes, as they are easy to drive away.

Keep your quad bike safe from theft

Keep your quad bike safe from theft

This has affected areas such as the West Country, where rural crime including quad bike theft reached £7.6 million. The North – West of England has also seen high rates of quad bike theft, as has Gloucestershire where an average of 4 quad bikes, are stolen every month.

Greater care needs to be taken to combat the threat of quad bike theft in rural areas.  The main way to protect your quad bike is by making sure it is locked away securely, where no one can see it and in a place that would be difficult to gain access to it.

Quad bike security

  • Ground anchors, padlocks and chains, can all help to prevent Quad Bike theft.
  • Make sure the boundaries to your property are secure and always lock gates and check that they are secured properly.
  • Lock your quad bike out of sight in a secure garage.
  • Fit your quad bike with a tracker.
Secure quad bike storage

Secure quad bike storage

For secure quad bike storage, Asgard Secure Steel Storage offers quad bike security with its all metal quad bike garage. This garage is made from strong weatherproof steel and has been approved by the Loss Prevention Certification Board to Level 1. This metal garage offers secure storage and security of the highest quality for your quad bike. Advanced security features, including reinforced doors, hinges and panels, a pick resistant locking mechanism and tough 5 point locking system, help to keep your quad bike safe. Find out more about Asgard Quad Bike Storage on the Asgard website.

How do you get more storage space for a caravan?

Caravan owners will know just how quickly the storage space inside a caravan can fill up and before you know it, you’ve run out of room for your caravan must haves. If you’ve found yourself in this predicament, there are only a few options for you. You can either stop buying more stuff for your caravan, or get rid of those items you rarely use. But what if you don’t want to do either of these,  what is the best way to create more storage space? Asgard has a solution!

Asgard Secure Steel Storage has a range of secure caravan site storage units, designed specifically to sit outside your caravan. These are available in 4 sizes, to suit all storage needs. These caravan site storage units are made from strong weatherproof steel and are fitted with features to keep your stored items secure. Asgard caravan storage sheds are perfect for seasonal items such as BBQ’s, outdoor furniture and play equipment.

“Very satisfied with service and delivery.  Instructions were easy to follow and easy to erect.  Happy with storage which we use for our caravan equipment.” BW

Asgard Caravan Site storage

Asgard Caravan Site storage

“We are delighted with the storage unit. It is just the very thing we have been looking for. It was delivered and unloaded by the courier driver on the time and date agreed.All the bits were there and fitted together really well. The instructions were clear and what a good idea to include one or two extra screws and bolts. The quality of build was first class and the finish excellent. It looks and feels very secure. We have had several other caravan owners having a close look at the bike store and the comments were very favourable. Thanks again for an excellent product and for your customer aware service” –Yeoman Smith

Not only are these storage units secure, they look good too! Take a look at the full range on the Asgard website.

British Bike Theft Gangs

We’ve seen the reports, statistics and figures, so we know the problem of bike theft is on the rise in the UK and if you’ve been unlucky enough to be a victim of theft yourself, you’ll know all the hassle that it can cause.  The increase in bike thefts is thought to have emerged from peoples increasing interest in cycling.

Another case of large bike thefts in one particular area has emerged. Police have reported that in Beverley, £43,000 worth of bikes have been stolen in the last 2 months alone. These thieves have been targeting outbuildings and garden sheds in search of bikes.

Bike thefts reported in Beverly

Bike thefts reported in Beverly

One victim of this crime, James Harper spoke out about his experience, in which £10,000 worth of bikes were stolen from his shed.

The criminals seemed to have good knowledge that I had the bikes, where the bikes were and then they made every effort to leave the crime scene as if it was untouched……..Those first moments when you see the space where your bikes should be and the realisation someone has been on your property and taken what is yours is just sickening”.

Crimes like these, highlight that you can never be too careful when it comes to keeping your bikes secure and an ordinary garden shed isn’t going to stop any thief.

How do you keep a bike safe from theft?

When you are cycling home, or driving with your bike attached to your car, it is a good idea to check that you aren’t being followed home. Bike thieves are becoming smarter and are now following bikes so that they can steal them at a later date. Once they know where your bikes are, you’ll have to rely on the security of your bike storage to stop them.

High Security Bike Shed

High Security Bike Shed

If you are looking for something more secure to store your bikes in, the Asgard High Security Bike Shed offers fantastic bike security. This all metal bike storage unit is made from strong weatherproof steel and is fitted with high security features. A pick resistant locking mechanism and 5 point locking system, help to keep your bike secure and are aided by reinforced doors hinges and panels. This is the toughest bike shed around and has been insurance approved by the Loss Prevention Certification Board to level 1. Find out more about this high security bike shed on the Asgard website.

Information provided by the Hull Daily

The worst places in the UK for garden theft

2012 saw a 10% increase in garden and shed thefts in the UK, compared to the previous year and garden shed theft had increased by 25% during the summer and spring alone.

Research by Halifax Home Insurance found that the top 10 areas for garden theft in the UK were:

  1. Stoke – on – Trent
  2. Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham
  3. Southampton
  4. Wakefield and Huddersfield
  5. Nottingham
  6. Newcastle upon Tyne
  7. Manchester
  8. Leeds
  9. Guilford
  10. Bradford

42% of the reported thefts were of power tools, 39% were of hand tools and the rest of thefts were of items such as lawnmowers and Barbecue sets.

Summer will be here before we know it, so it’s important to start getting your garden prepared soon.

Easy ways to protect your garden

  • Make sure sheds, garages and gates are locked at all times.
  • Mark valuable garden items and furniture with your postcode and take photos for your records.
  • Join your neighbourhood watch or set one up if there isn’t one in your area.
  • Restrict access to your garden with high walls and fences.
  • Install security lighting in your garden to deter thieves.
  • Never leave gardening equipment out in your garden for an opportunistic thief.

If you are concerned about your current garden storage and think it’s time to upgrade your security, take a look at the Asgard metal garden shed range. These garden storage sheds offer fantastic security for your gardening equipment and furniture.

Asgard for garden security

Asgard for garden security

Designed with security in mind, they are fitted with tough locking systems and pick resistant locking mechanisms. Asgard metal garden sheds are available in a variety of sizes and look great in any garden. See the full metal garden shed range on the Asgard website.

Tool theft increase in the UK

January 2013 has seen many reports of tool theft, in various areas of the country.  Police in Galloway, believe that gangs of power tool thieves are operating in Stewartry, as a large haul of tools has been stolen from properties in a two week period totalling £10,000. Items that these thieves are targeting are nail guns, cordless drills and other electric tools.

Bracknell has also fallen foul to tool thieves, as police have recovered chainsaws, leaf-blowers, hedge trimmer and hand- drills, however the thefts have yet to be reported by victims.

These thefts highlight the importance of secure tool storage, to prevent theft and keep your tools safe. So how do you keep tools safe?

Tool security tips:

  • Never leave tools in a van or car, especially in plain view.
  • Mark your tools with your postcode.
  • Lock your tools away securely.

The best way to protect your tools from theft is by locking your tools away securely. A range of workshop storage is available from Asgard.  These metal workshop storage units form Asgard Secure Steel Storage are made from strong weatherproof steel and are fitted with tough features to keep thieves out.

Keep your tools secure in Asgard workshop Storage

Keep your tools secure in Asgard workshop Storage

“I only have a wooden garage, so I am always concerned about breakins.  These days we don’t have the money to upgrade the garage so this was ideal for us.  Very strong and really heavy – Bolting down to the floor is an excellent idea”. John

A pick resistant locking mechanism, strong locking system and reinforced components all help to offer the best security for tools.

Find out more about Asgard workshop storage units on the Asgard website.

The UK’s Olympic Cycling Legacy

Many have been in doubt as to whether our cycling success at the Olympics would have an impact on cycling in the UK. More and more people have taken to riding their bikes on a regular basis and there has been a call to increase the budget for cycling infrastructure, to make cycling more accessible for all.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans for a World Class Cycling festival, which will be part of keeping the Olympic legacy alive and the event has been described as a key strand of the post-Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

This cycling festival will see more than 70,000 people of varying ages and abilities to take part in four separate Ride London events on the 3rd and 4th of August, with around 500,000 Spectators expected to turn up and watch the event throughout the streets of London.

The main highlight of this cycling festival will be a 100 mile race from London to Surrey, which will depart from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, passing major London landmarks, heading through Richmond Park and onto Surrey.

Double gold medallist Laura Trott said “Ride London has something for everyone and I hope it encourages more people to get on their bikes and start cycling.”

RideLondon_RouteMap_V8

Find out more information about this event at Prudential Ride London.