What is the best way to catch burglars?

A news story has revealed how one home owner in London, caught a burglary suspect with a camera initially set up to film wildlife.  This story reveals just how useful these cameras can be in catching thieves and clamping down on burglaries.

If you’re worried about garden theft and burglary, this is one top security measure that we would recommend. If you are thinking about installing a home security camera system, location of your cameras is key.

Don't make it easy for thieves to get to your home

Don’t make it easy for thieves to get to your home

Choosing a security camera

When choosing your home security camera, check that you receive a clear image in both the day and night time. There are a variety of different security cameras available such as infra red security cameras, dome cameras, pro box cameras, pan tilt zoom cameras and hidden cameras. Each of these cameras will offer a different image quality and will meet different user needs.

When placing your security camera choose an area which is both high up and sheltered from the elements.  Placing your security camera near the roof will also give you the best view and reduce the risk of vandalism.  Make sure you fit enough cameras to cover all entrances to your home and garden.

Other ways to secure your home

Fitting security cameras is just one of the many ways that you can secure your home. We’ve come up with a number of tips to protect your home and garden from theft. 

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.

National Home Security Month

October is almost upon us, a month which is known for Halloween and turning the clocks back (here in the UK anyway). However I’m sure many of you didn’t realise that October is also National Home Security Month.

As winter approaches, our nights get longer which means there is more chance for burglars to strike. National Home Security Month has been designed to help create awareness around home security, highlighting ways that people can keep their homes safe during the darker evenings.

National Home Security Month is sponsored by Yale and Asgard Secure Steel Storage is happy to be a proud official supporter.

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Each week of October will focus on a different home security issue.

  • The 1st to 6th October is all about knowing the crime risk in your area and how to find out more about burglaries near where you live.
  • The 7th to 13th October will focus on how to secure your windows and doors.
  • The 14th to 20th October will be full of tips on how to keep your valuables safe.
  • The 21st to 27th October is going to be all about outside protection, an Asgard speciality!
  • Finally the 28th the 31st October will be looking at the future technology of home security.

As an official supporter of National Home Security Month, we’ll be providing you with information and advice on how to keep your home safe.

Find out more on the National Home Security Month website.

How to secure your garden

Garden security is important all year round, but the risk of garden theft becomes a particular problem in winter as the number of daylight hours decreases. A few simple changes can add some much needed protection.

Front Garden

A secure front garden can also help protect your home from a break-in.

  • Make sure the front of your house is visible from the road.
  • Fences, hedges and gates shouldn’t be more than 1 metre high.
  • Use gravel for driveways, as they are noisy.
  • Fit security lighting.
  • Make sure your house is alarmed.
Don't make it easy for thieves to get in your garden

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

Gates

  • Wooden gates are easy to climb, cover cross members with panelling so it isn’t so easy to climb
  • Wrought iron gates are difficult to climb and may be a better deterrent.
  • Use two locks if possible.

Fences

Fences offer vital protection from thieves, helping to keep them out.

  • A garden fence should be over 2 meters tall to help keep garden thieves out.
  • Add trellis to your fencing, as anyone attempting to use this to climb will surely break it and fall.
  • Plant spikey leaf plants and bushed along your fence.

Garden equipment

  • Don’t leave any equipment out in your garden, this will be stolen or used as a method to break into your home.
  • Mark your postcode and house number on all of your equipment and expensive garden items with ultraviolet pen or engrave.

Garden sheds

Keep your garden shed securely locked

Keep your garden shed securely locked

Garden sheds and garages are vulnerable to theft. The value of the contents of a garden shed can easily reach into the thousands of pounds, so it is important to keep them as secure as possible.

  • Make sure your garden shed is always locked.
  • Fit a heavy duty lock, for the best protection.
  • If your shed has windows, board them up.
  • Fit your shed/garage with its own alarm system.
  • Consider upgrading your existing wooden shed to a stronger, more secure metal shed.

For more information on garden security visit http://www.asgardsss.co.uk

How much does is cost when you are the victim of garden crime?

Each time there is a crime in your garden it costs over £600

The average home insurance claim for items stolen from the garden has now reached £620, as one in 12 over-50s say they have been affected by the crime.

According to analysis of claims submitted to Saga Home Insurance, the worth of garden items lost through theft or damage is going up.

It is estimated that two-thirds of the UK population keep things ranging from barbeques and garden furniture to gnomes and water features outside of their homes.

In the over-50s this figure rises to eight in ten people and the study found that many of them feel their garden is a place to relax and escape from the world.

Roger Ramsden, Chief Executive of Saga Services, said: “With the average garden insurance claim costing around £620 I would encourage keen gardeners to ensure they have the peace of mind of insurance cover for their precious garden possessions.”

Gardens are particularly important to the over-50s with 13 per cent of them stating their outside space as a reason for not moving house.

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Interesting Shed Facts

Since National Shed Week is about to start, we thought we would share some unusual shed facts with you.

Shed Facts

1. If you laid all the sheds in the world end to end they would wrap around the planet six and a half times.

2. The Garden Shed was voted into the Millennium Dome’s national identity display as one of the top symbols of Britishness.

3. Last year Britain spent £85 million on sheds.

4. The number of homes in Britain with a garden shed is 9.6 million and 52% of the population own one.

5. Delia Smith makes up her recipes in one, George Bernard Shaw wrote ‘Pygmalion’ in his and the inventor Trevor Bayliss build the prototype for his clockwork radio in his garden shed.

6. English Heritage has recently honoured 52 listed sheds in a photographic exhibition celebrating them as architectural treasures.

7. TV’s most famous shed belongs to the Fowler family in ‘Eastenders’, but Arthur would turn in his grave if he knew that since his death it has been used as a ‘passion pad’, a place to harbour criminals and for his young son Martin to grow cannabis.

8. If you type the work ‘SHED’ into Google it lists 5,380,000 sites, with 1,740,000 devoted to them.

9. In a recent survey more than a third of those questioned would like to install a hot tub in their garden shed.

10. In 1995 police arrested a teenager in Detroit for attempting to construct a Nuclear Breeder Reactor in his parents’ potting shed, for his Boy Scout Merit Badge.

National Shed week  2013 will be taking place from the 1st July to the 7th. You can celebrate the Great British shed with Asgard. For this week only you can save 5% on all metal garden storage units from Asgard.

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Asgard metal garden sheds

You can also take part in the garden shed competition for a chance to win £25 of Homebase vouchers. So what are you waiting for? Get involved now!

A metal storage shed – a ‘must-have’ for Allotment Growers

Do you have an allotment?

Over a quarter of a million people in the UK currently hold an allotment plot.  Allotment gardening has always been a popular option for those of you who don’t mind getting their hands dirty in soil and spend time nurturing flowers and vegetable plants, but may not always have the space in their garden.  Apart from providing low cost food, they also provide valuable recreational opportunities involving healthy activity and social contacts.

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How does your garden grow?

Taking on an allotment plot is not all hard work; it can have many advantages, providing fresh home grown vegetables, fruit and flowers for you and your family, free from artificial additives and at a fraction of that you would have expected to pay in a supermarket or greengrocer.

There is also the social side, meeting new friends with similar interests and enabling you to enjoy a healthy outdoor life with gentle exercise and a place to relax and unwind.

Did you know: The first legislative reforms date back to the Enclosures Act of 1845. Today, the Council has a statutory requirement to provide allotments for the public.

Is your allotment secure?

As many allotments are independently or council owned, they will often have different levels of security.  Many allotment sites suffer from vandalism and theft, from minor incidents such as disappearing Fruit and Veg, ranging to major incidents where sheds located on one site have been broken into and vandalism, smashing of glass in greenhouses, breaking tools, dumping rubbish and damaging frames.

Keep your tools under lock and key 

Always try and keep all your gardening tools locked up and out of sight in allotment huts and sheds.  Not only do they provide shelter from the rain for expensive tools, gardening equipment and clothing, they provide much needed security for your allotment.

Secure Storage units for your allotments

If you need a secure storage unit installed in your allotment, you can choose from a range of metal storage sheds from Asgard in various sizes according to your needs.  The Asgard Addition is a popular choice for many gardens and allotments due to its compact size and multi-purpose storage space.  Built from our tough, galvanised (weather proof) steel with an integral metal floor and convenient large double door access this unit features an excellent 3-point locking system.

Asgard Addition storage unit

Asgard Addition storage unit – Great for allotment storage!

Smart and stylish, the Asgard Addition metal shed unit is available in a choice of 3 colours – dark green, ivory and brown enabling you to match the unit to your environment, and ensure your allotment is looking neat and tidy.

Top Tip: We recommend that you check the area available to install your shed before installation, and confirm with the allotment regulations before installation.

Want to grow your own?

Whether you are budding vegetable grower or a seasoned gardener, visit the Allotment diaries website for more ideas on making the most of your allotment.  For a ‘Plot Holders’ Guide’ from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) click here.

To view our full range of outdoor storage units and unit sizes, visit our website http://www.asgardsss.co.uk for further details.  We also offer free delivery and an installation service is also available for added convenience.