Secure Your Shed: Protecting Your Bike from Thieves
Protecting Your Bike from Thieves – According to the Office of National Statistics, ‘opportunistic’ thefts from household areas such as sheds rose by approximately 16% between 2007 and 2012. Such a rise highlights that although we may be conscientious about securing our homes, outbuildings and sheds can be easily forgotten… despite the fact that many of us keep essential and costly items inside them!
Firstly, thieves know that bicycles which may have served you well getting around during the summer are often designated to the garden shed in colder months, as owners take to the car and public transport for commuting, whilst there’s much less cycling for pleasure and recreation once the weather turns wet and chilly.
And secondly? Thieves know well that a shiny new bicycle is often the gift of choice for children at Christmas… and where do parents choose to hide the gift out of sight, ready for the big day? The garden shed, of course! So what can you do to protect bicycles stored in garden sheds over winter? Secure your shed
Covering shed windows so that thieves can’t see inside.
The most basic option is to use a curtain or spray-on glass frosting.
The next step up would be to use reflective or opaque film, which works well both for preventing thieves looking in but also by preventing glass from shattering if thieves attempt to smash their way in. By ‘holding’ the shattered glass in place, the film makes it more difficult for thieves to gain access this way … and anything that makes gaining entry more difficult is a useful deterrent.
Using gravel for paths or as part of the access area to your shed means thieves will inadvertently make a noisy crunch on their approach.