Which county is the worst for rural crime in the UK?

In recent years rural crime was becoming a big problem for farmers. Things are slowly getting better as the rural crime rate is now at a 5 year low and rural crime across the UK fell by 19% in 2012, which is due to the reduced number of tractor and quad bike thefts. However this type of crime still costs in the millions. New figures released have shown that the cost of rural crime in Yorkshire is the highest in the UK, according to insurance company NFU Mutual, which insurers over 70% of farmers and figures show that losses to rural crime in Yorkshire in 2012 cost an estimated £3.4m.

NFU Mutual spokesperson, Tim Price, said that the decline in the number of rural thefts was down to better security features on tractors and anti-crime initiatives.

Mr Price said, “The difficulty policing the countryside is the sheer size of it……so it does call for a different approach to security compared to urban areas.”

There are a number of ways that you can try and keep farming equipment and tools protected from rural theft, simply by using common sense and locking away as much of your equipment as you can. If you are concerned about rural theft and want to keep your equipment safe and protected, an Asgard storage unit is just the thing you need.

XXL Metal Storage units from Asgard

XXL Metal Storage units from Asgard

The Asgard range of XL metal sheds is the ideal place to store expensive farming equipment as they offer ample amounts of space and are fitted with a number of tough security features included a 5 point locking system and pick resistant lock, designed to help keep thieves out!

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Top Ten Places to Go Cycling This Summer

1.Swinley Forest.

Variable distances

Situated to the South-West of Windsor Great Park, Swinley forest comprises over 2600 acres of woodland. There are numerous trails to choose from so you can find one appropriate to your ability. Recently there has been a lot of investment into new facilities so it’s well worth a visit.

2. TETBURY TO SHERSTON, COTSWOLDS

Approx. 13 miles

This route takes you through quite country lanes and plenty of beautiful scenic pubs to stop at on the way. With few hills and little traffic this is a good ride for most of the family.

3. Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath to Reading

85 miles

Britain’s most popular long distance waterside cycle route passes through areas of outstanding natural beauty and features aqueducts, tunnels and historic buildings. Riders can do this in a day but less experienced cyclists can split this into 3 sections.

4. Mawddach Trail Cycleway, Wales (Dolgellau to Barmouth)

10 miles

A disused railway line, stunning ride running below the foothills of Cadair Iris and tucked away in the south of the Snowdonia national park this is an idyllic ride suitable for all the family.

5. Tarka Trail

31 miles

This route is renowned for its wildlife along the way there are “discovery posts” with information on the wildlife around that area. You could be lucky enough to spot an otter on the river bank! This is a great way to explore rural Devon.

6. Grizedale Forest

Variable distances

With 8 routes to choose from Grizedale is perfect for the family with lots of facilities including a bike hire shop where you can hire normal bikes as well as adult tag along bikes and trailers for young children.  Once you’ve finished cycling there is a café, playground and shops.

7. Causeway Coast Cycle Route (Giants Causeway to Benone)

23 miles

The route has fine sea views over as well as a railway path to the Giant Causeway Visitor centre which is a World Heritage site created by a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available at towns throughout the route.

8. Tweed Valley

Variable

One of the most visited tourist attractions in Scotland. The trails are graded so it’s good for beginners as well as more experienced riders. Bikes are available for hire as well as tuition at the ‘Dirt School’ where groups are split into different abilities.

9. Purbeck Ride, Dorset

47 miles

Rural scenery and costal views with a few historic landmarks along the way; this route is mainly on roads with a few steep hills and is ideal for confident riders.

10.The Camel Trail, Cornwall

18 miles

Based on an historic railway track passes through beautiful Cornish countryside. It goes along the coast as well as through areas of forest and is relatively flat so perfect for families.

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It’s not always easy when you’re away from home to keep your bike secure. So take a look at one of Asgard’s bike storage units so you know your bike is safe from theft!

The Classic Motorcycle Magazine take a look at the Asgard Motorcycle Storage Shed

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Asgard Motorcycle Storage continues to impress the trade. The Classic Motorcycle decided they would like to have a look at one of our motorcycle storage sheds, so we let them.  Click above to read the full article.

Time for a Barbeque Party?

Are you planning a BBQ party?  With the Football and Wimbledon season in full swing, are you making the most of the lovely summer weather in the garden?

Everyone is rolling out their grills and dusting off the patio furniture. Summertime is meant for backyard gatherings with great food and drink with family and friends.  Whether its steak, chicken, ribs or veggies, barbecuing is a fun and easy way to make a delicious fun meal and keep your friends and family coming back for more!

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Summer garden BBQ party – you’re invited!

Safety check – Before you plan your party and invite everyone round, make sure you are fully prepared.  If you are using Gas for your Barbeque, you will need to check that the gas bottles will be stored safely and secured to prevent any accidents.

The best way to store gas bottles is in a robust metal storage unit, such as the Asgas 38 gas bottle storage unit.  Built from weatherproof steel, the Asgard gas bottle storage range is available in 3 different designs to suit the three most popular gas bottle sizes.

Asgard Gas Bottle Storage

Asgard Gas Bottle Storage – Handy for BBQ’s

All of our gas bottle storage units have been designed in conjunction with Calor gas and are the only units on the market to be selected as Calor Choice products.

Security check – Without realising it, the costs of BBQ equipment do add up; with a BBQ grill, gas bottles, patio heating, garden furniture and lighting equipment, we recommend that they are kept locked away when they are not being used.  The best way to store them would be in a secure outdoor storage unit, such as the Asgard Classic metal storage unit, which will ensure they are kept safe and dry until the next BBQ party.

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Store all your expensive garden equipment and BBQ safe and secure in the Asgard Classic outdoor storage unit.

The Asgard Classic Garden Storage unit provides high security outdoor storage of expensive garden equipment and furniture.  Built with a thick, heavy galvanised steel panel construction and large double door access, the Classic metal shed is an ideal store for all your high value garden equipment.  Fitted with a strong 5-point locking system with Loss Prevention Certification Board approval (to level 1), you can be assured this storage unit offers excellent garden equipment storage security.

If your planning a BBQ party and need some recipe ideas and help with setting up the BBQ grill visit the website from Calor Gas BBQ website here.

Don’t forget to get yourself the coolest new BBQ gadgets this summer at http://bit.ly/BBQmust-haves – Your BBQ party wont be complete without it!

For a full range of secure metal storage units for your garden visit our website now http://www.asgardsss.co.uk.

Features of Asgard large metal sheds

If you are looking for large storage for your gardening to keep anything from old empty plant pots to garden furniture, look no further. Asgard large metal sheds offer fantastic outdoor storage in a range of sizes and are fitted with a wide range of features.

Large outdoor storage from Asgard

Large outdoor storage from Asgard

1. Galvanised steel

All Asgard metal garden sheds are made from Weatherproof steel, for the toughest storage.

2. No exposed screws

There are no dangerous exposed screws or sharp edges.

3. Easy assembly

Even though they are big, Asgard large metal garden sheds are easy to assemble and come with step by step instructions. An installation service is also available.

4. Accessories

Shed accessories such as hooks and shelves are available to purchase and allow you to maximise your storage space.

5. Ventilation system

Asgard sheds are fitted with a unique ventilation system to minimise condensation.

6. Integral metal floor

The integral metal floor adds more security to the metal shed.

7. Low maintenance

Metal sheds are low maintenance.

8. 10 year warranty

All Asgard sheds are suplied with a 10yr warranty as standard.

9. Pick resistant locking mechanism

This pick resistant locking mechanism helps keep your stored items safe.

10. Tough locking system

Tough locking systems help keep thieves away!

See the full range of large metal sheds from Asgard.

Metal storage for gardens

Metal garden sheds are becoming more and more popular with gardeners as they offer more for their buck, compared to wooden sheds, with more security features and little maintenance. Take a look at the key features of Asgard metal garden sheds.

Metal Garden Sheds from Asgard

Metal Garden Sheds from Asgard

1. Galvanised steel

All Asgard metal garden sheds are made from Weatherproof steel, for the toughest storage.

2. 10 year warranty

All Asgard sheds are suuplied with a 10yr warranty as standard.

3. No exposed screws

There are no dangerous exposed screws or sharp edges.

4. Accessories

Shed accessories such as hooks and shelves are available to purchase and allow you to maximise your storage space.

5. Ventilation system

Asgard sheds are fitted with a unique ventilation system to minimise condensation.

6. Integral metal floor

The integral metal floor adds more security to the metal shed.

7. Low maintenance

Metal sheds are low maintenance.

8. Easy assembly

Even though they are big, Asgard large metal garden sheds are easy to assemble and come with step by step instructions. An installation service is also available.

9. Pick resistant locking mechanism

This pick resistant locking mechanism helps keep your stored items safe.

10. Tough locking system

Tough locking systems help keep thieves away!

Beware of bike theft

With summer not so far away, more people will be using their bikes and these longer days means an increased risk of bike theft.  According to the home office, in the months of June, July and August bike theft rises by an extra 25%! Recent reports have already been made this year about the increasing problems with bike theft and many areas are struggling to tackle the crime. This is particularly notable in places where the number of cyclists is significantly higher than average, such as Cambridge where 52% of residents cycle at least once a week and due to the large number of cyclists in the area, Cambridge has been named the UK bike theft capital.

Make sure that your bike is protected from theft this summer, by keeping your bike secure whenever it is not in use.

Bike security at home

  • Make sure your bike is covered by insurance
  • Invest in a secure bike shed
  • Don’t leave your bike unsecured in front of your home
  • Don’t store your bike in a shed which has windows
  • Use a ground anchor or shed alarm for additional security
Asgard twin bike locker

Asgard twin bike locker

Bike security when out

  • Lock your bike in a busy and well lit area
  • Try and leave your bike in an area with CCTV
  • Use 2 different types of lock
  • Make sure your bike is covered by insurance