If you have kids, then you probably have lots of play stuff out in the garden. Aside from big bulky objects like slides and swings, there could be other things too that be attractive to the odd thief or burglar. Bikes are a big target, but things like lawn mowers are too. Keeping yours and your kids things safe and secure in the garden is a priority, but how to do it?
Firstly, make sure the perimeter of the garden itself is as secure as you can make it. Good strong fencing is ideal, and if you have a gate that you can lock – lock it. You can enlist the help of mother nature too, she won’t mind. Bushes that have thorns, prickles and other assorted pointy bits can be a great deterrent.
There is a lot of choice out there, and some are better than others for keeping things nice and secure outside. Sheds for instance, a very common choice and one that has tons of other uses too. Whatever you use it for, make sure it’s sturdy and secure. There are lots of material choices too like metal, wood and even plastic.
For many sheds, you can swap out the hinges for stronger ones if you need too and don’t forget a big strong padlock either.
If a shed isn’t quite your thing, consider investing in something like wire mesh cage enclosures. These are available from many different places, and they come in all shapes and sizes – ideal for lawnmowers and bikes.
Whatever kind of storage you decide on, if any, check them on a regular basis to make sure that the locks haven’t been tampered with, or even the hinges.
Make your pots harder to move
You have most probably spent a lot of time and money on your garden, making sure that it is just so and perfect for your family to enjoy. Sadly, there are those out there wouldn’t mind taking a piece of that and taking it home with them – don’t make it easy, make it as difficult as possible.
When you are putting some plants into that big decorative container, have a think about what you can put into the bottom of it to make it heavier. If it is hard for someone to pick up and move, then it’s less likely that they will put too much effort into it.
Garden lighting can look really good, even the solar options (as well as being green). You should think about the security implications of these since most thieves don’t like working at night if there is a big light on them.
Keep it out of sight
If the valuables in your garden are not as ‘on show’, any passing potential burglar may not give your garden a second glance. There are benches that you can buy for the garden, that have storage compartments for to put more valuable items in at night. Obviously, you should make sure that anything like this can still be locked – just in case.
However you secure your garden, and the items in it, make sure you secure your home at night too.