Ah, that place out the back – The place to tackle that to-do-list and ‘sharpen the mower blades’, as well as a place to keep many expensive items such as power tools.
But Police are warning that unfortunately sheds are often overlooked when it comes to thinking about home security.
Police say recently four sheds have been broken into resulting the theft of power tools and pool equipment as well as damage to the sheds.
Senior Constable Deb Halls warns householders and businesses to be aware.
“Consider installing solar sensor lights on or near your shed, it will let you know if someone is checking out your shed at night, and the solar option means you don’t need power or an electrician to install them.”
“If your shed is large enough that you can boast about having a man cave, it probably has a roller door. These can be secured from the inside with bolts into the concrete or sides of the rail if you have a pedestrian door for your exit.”
For the humble shed, senior Constable Halls suggests making sure your padlocks and/or chains are good quality, the ‘bargain’ padlocks and chains are no challenge for bolt-cutters.
“Record the serial numbers of your power tools, it might not stop them from vanishing, but gives us a better chance of getting them back to you in the future.”
“Take some photos with your phone next time you’re in the shed, engrave your valuables in an obvious way as it’s very difficult for criminals to sell your stolen property when it is engraved, and second-hand dealers are unlikely to take it.”