National Home Security Month: Outdoor Security

It’s the 4th week of National Home Security Month. This week is focussed on outside protection and as you know, here at Asgard we know all about that!  During the winter it is especially important to keep your outdoor items safe and secure, as the cover of darkness gives burglars and thieves more opportunities to strike.

Garden sheds and garages are easy targets for thieves, as they can be quickly broken into without disturbing the household. These type of thieves can strike without you even knowing its happened, so it is important to make sure you have provided your garden shed or garage with the best possible defences.  Think of all of the expensive equipment you have stored inside your shed, power tools, lawnmowers, bikes and the children’s toys. These would be costly to replace and your insurance may not cover it.

Don't make it easy for thieves to get in your garden shed

Don’t make it easy for thieves to get in your garden shed

How to keep your garden shed or garage safe:

  • Always lock your shed/garage – this is simple and easy to do, but you’d be surprised at how many people forget.
  • Secure shed doors by fitting a strong hasp and staple.
  • Secure shed door hinges with coach bolts or non-turnable screws.
  • Replace any rotten wood – as this is easy to break.
  • Fit alarm to your garage or shed – try this motion sensor alarm.
  • Chain items such as bikes, ladders and lawnmowers to a strong anchor point.
  • Mark all items in your shed with your postcode.
  • Check that your insurance covers your shed/garage.

If your garden shed isn’t up to the task of storing your items securely and you want to increase the security of your items, then an Asgard high security garden shed is what you need. These tough metal storage units have been designed to stop thieves in their tracks and leave your garden items safe!

High security garden storage.

High security garden storage.

Asgard high security garden sheds are available in a selection of sizes and have been approved by the Loss Prevention Certification Board to Level 1, which may help to reduce insurance premiums.  To keep all of your items safe, these sheds are made from weatherproof steel and are fitted with a number of heavy duty features including a 5 point locking system and reinforced components.

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How to protect outdoor school equipment from theft

You wouldn’t think that thieves would be as heartless as to steal from school children, however when it comes down to it they just don’t seem to care who they steal from.

We have seen schools be the target of theft time and time again and it is usually the outbuildings or sheds that are the target. This has been highlighted again in the news this week, with a shed theft taking place at John Baskeyfield Primary School in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

The thieves targeted the school shed, which unfortunately happened to be unlocked and stole £150 worth of kid’s tools including spades, forks and hoes. Another shed on the property was locked, although it received substantial damage, nothing was stolen from this shed. The children had been using their tools to tend to their wildlife garden, pond, vegetable beds, orchard and bug hotel.  All of the children’s tools had been bought with money raised by the kids.

Equipment stolen from a Stoke-on-Trent Primary School

Equipment stolen from a Stoke-on-Trent Primary School

Bob said “Perhaps being naive, I thought that no one would steal children’s tools so I had not locked it. When I found out, I was with the kids and it wasn’t a very nice experience for them or me.”

This theft story just points out how important it is to keep your shed secure. Even if you think you’re living in a safe area or think ‘it won’t happen to me’, you can never be too careful. In this case you can see how by just simply locking your shed, you can prevent theft or greatly reduce the risk.

Shed security tips

In order to protect your school shed and outbuildings there are a few easy tips that could mean the difference between your shed being broken into and it not.

  • Always lock your shed!
  • If your shed has any windows, it is best to board them up.
  • Fit a security light near your shed to scare off any tempted thieves.
  • If you have expensive items in your shed it may be worth fitting an alarm.

If security is an issue at your school, Asgard have a range of school storage packs which are designed to provide secure storage for outdoor tools, toys and other equipment.

Asgard School Storage Shed

Asgard School Storage Shed

Made from weatherproof steel, these school storage units are available in a range of sizes and are fitted with security features to help keep thieves out.  Giving you hassle free storage these packs include delivery, installation and a variety of storage accessories.

Will Britain have to dig for survival?

If you’re already a keen vegetable gardener, this may not be of a great worry to you. But to those of us who find mowing the lawn too much trouble, the following may be hard to swallow.

The agriculture minister David Heath has claimed that unless households start digging and growing their own food, we will face empty supermarket shelves as they will struggle to import enough food to feed us. The government are currently warning about future food shortages which could occur as the UK currently imports 40% of its food. The freezing temperatures earlier this year have already had an effect on crops, with potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and peas all being affected by waterlogged ground and low levels of light. More surprisingly this year Britain will need to import more wheat than it exports for the first time in a decade.

Will you dig for your survival?

Will you dig for your survival?

Over the past 10 years, the growth of tomatoes, cucumbers and spring onions in Britain has fallen so low that they have been labelled as “endangered”. Brussels sprouts, lettuce, leeks and cauliflower are also at risk of becoming “endangered”. If action isn’t taken by the government, there will be even less home grown food on supermarket shelves and food prices will continue to rise.

While we wait for the government to take action, people can do their bit by growing fruit and vegetables in their gardens. The number of people growing their own fruit and veg is already on the increase, as the share of fruit and veg grown in allotments and gardens rose from 2.9% in 2008 to 5% in 2011.

For those looking to make small changes, herbs, salad leaves, chillies and garlic are all easy to grow and a great way to get started. So why not give it a go and see what you can grow.

Need storage for all of your new gardening equipment? Asgard have it covered with their range of metal garden sheds.

Statistics provided by the Telegraph

Are Asgard Metal Sheds the best?

Asgard Metal Storage Unit Key Features

Asgard Metal Storage Unit Key Features

Take a look at the key features of Asgard sheds to find out if these metal storage units suit and meet your storage needs.

1. Galvanised steel

All of the units from Asgard are made from strong weatherproof steel panels.

2. Low Maintenance

Unlike wooden sheds, metal sheds require very little maintenance.

3. 10 Year warranty

Asgard sheds come with a 10 year warranty as standard.

4. No exposed screws

There are no exposed screws inside Asgard units, so there are no sharp or dangerous edges.

5. Easy assembly

All of Asgard sheds come with simple step by step instructions for easy assembly. An installation service is also available.

6. Pick resistant lock

Pick resistant locks are fitted to most of our metal storage units to provide the best possible security.

7. Unique shed ventilation

A unique shed ventilation system is in every Asgard metal shed. This ventilation system helps to minimise condensation.

8. Accessories

Asgard units are pre drilled for our shelving and hook packs. These accessories are available to purchase and add more storage options to your shed.

9. Integral metal floor

 Metal sheds from Asgard are the ONLY metal sheds with an integral metal floor. This floor adds even more security to the unit.

10. Tough locking system

These metal sheds feature tough locking systems to help keep stored items safe from theft.

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.