Shed and garage security

People don't often secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their homes. People often end up using a flimsy lock or padlock to protect the contents. Burglars know sheds are a weak point when it comes to security and often see them as easy targets.

Most common items stolen from your shed or garage

  • Bikes
  • Mowers
  • Garden tools
  • Power tools

Shed security

  • Make sure that your shed door, door frame and walls are solid.

  • Replace any damaged or rotten areas with new sections.
  • Try to place the shed door facing your house and not too close to a perimeter wall or gate.
  • Consider keeping valuable items in a strong lockable box or cage.
  • Fit two closed shackle padlocks on strong padlock hasps - one a third of the way up from the bottom of the door and one a third of the way down from the top of the door.
  • Fit wire mesh or bars on the inside of your window frames.
  • Wrap a strong chain around and through the handles of garden tools, lawn mowers, cycles etc and secure the chain to the wall using a padlock or a ground anchor fixed to the base of the shed.
  • Consider integrating your shed into your home alarm system, especially if you have valuable items in it. Use door contact sensors and check your glass is secure before installing break glass sensors.
  • Illuminate the area around your shed using dusk till dawn lighting.
  • Security mark your tools, use a UV pen or mark it with a forensic marking solution such as Smartwater or Selecta DNA.

Garage security

  • If you have a household alarm fitted, consider extending the system into the garage area.

  • Fit a garage door blocker on the outside of the door. This product bolts permanently to the floor, has a large 'T' bar shaped restrictor and a quality locking device.
  • Consider fitting a pair of garage door locks that are fitted either vertically or horizontally and can be locked either from the inside or outside of the garage.
  • Install dead bolts mounted one on each edge of the door inside the garage. When in use, the locks throw a bolt into the doorframe or the concrete floor of the garage.
  • Various good quality 'up and over' or 'rolling' deadlocking door handles can be purchased to replace any existing poor quality locks to give better security.
  • Consider purchasing loop cables. These have a long braided steel cable and a two-bolt anchor locking point. These fix to garage walls or floors and can be passed through expensive property such as quad bikes, etc. Some cables are alarmed.


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Page last reviewed May 2023