Having a shed in your garden can be handy for many reasons, from storing bikes to DIY tools, garden equipment and more.

But sometimes, they can be broken into, meaning many of your personal belongings have the potential to be stolen.

Shed security is vital for keeping your possessions safe – but it’s also important for your peace of mind.

If you have been looking for ways to make your shed safer, then look no further.

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Sam Jenkinson, garden building expert at Tiger has shared his five tips for keeping your shed safe and secure.

How can I make my garden shed more secure?

Keep your shed away from prying eyes 

“It’s important to be careful when choosing your shed’s location. If criminals can’t see the shed, they won’t know it’s there and will be much less likely to try and break in.

“Place your garden shed in a spot that is not visible from the road or any alleys, but that is visible from your home itself. That way, you can also keep an eye on it.”

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Fit a shed security door and locks

“I recommend upgrading your current lock with two Hasp and Staple padlocks. As the hasp covers the screw fittings which is a prime weak spot that thieves would otherwise try and exploit.”

Obscure the view from outside – and hide what’s inside 

“To stop thieves from seeing the belongings inside your shed, fit curtains, or blinds over any windows.

“This not only improves shed security, but also has the potential to improve the décor and make your building a more pleasant place to be.

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“In addition to covering the windows, you can also hide items inside by covering them too. If potential thieves can't see your belongings, they're less likely to take a chance on breaking in.”

Install a light, camera, and alarm 

“Consider installing a security light with a motion sensor to scare away thieves. A shed security camera can also make thieves think twice before breaking into your shed.

“If there is no electricity supply to your shed, solar-powered versions are also available.

“The best alarms are fitted with door triggers and motion sensors that can also make thieves panic and run away. But if you install an alarm, make sure it’s visible. The mere presence of these kinds of systems can often deter thieves.”

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Install gravel around your shed 

“Gravel driveways and paths are great for making sure you can hear anyone approaching your property.

“If you install gravel around your shed, the loud crunch of footsteps can be enough of a deterrent for a burglar to move on to another target.”