Sheds and Garages


By following some simple steps you may be able to prevent this type of Burglary!

The recent spate of incidents have seen high quality power tools, hand tools, road bicycles and mountain bikes, being stolen from sheds.  Owners are being urged to assess the security of their sheds, garages, and outbuildings.

The Police are urging owners to ensure they are secure and are offering some practical steps that can be taken to stop such burglaries, which include :-

  • Ensuring that the sheds or other buildings are in a good state of repair and that any damaged or rotten sections which could make it easier for a thief to gain access are replaced.
  • Use quality close shackle padlocks which cannot be easily levered or cut.
  • If you have a window in the shed, garage or outbuilding, consider whether you actually need it and if not, consider boarding it over securely. Otherwise, make the window opaque or cover windows to ensure the property inside is not on display.
  • Consider fitting key operated locks to any opening windows or screwing them shut.
  • Consider lining sheds with plywood sheeting to make it more difficult for a thief to get through without proper tools and lots of time
  • Consider fitting an alarm, these are readily available from DIY stores or local locksmiths.
  • Inside the shed, garage, or outbuilding, chain any tools through their handles to large heavy items such as lawn mowers or cultivators. If you have neither of these fill a bucket with concrete and, using a masonry fixing, chain your tools to this.
  • Mark all valuables with your postcode and house number; record serial numbers of all equipment and keep the records safe.
  • Remember we DO have the website to register your items and this will make it easier for us to return any items should we find it. This includes items in your house as well.
  • Ensure sheds, garages and outbuildings, are securely locked and never left unlocked at anytime.

If you have any information with regards to this type of crime or any other types of crime then please contact the Police or Crimestoppers.

You call may result in us catching the perpetrator(s) before any other crimes are committed.

If you require any assistance please contact the NHW office - Contact page