Making Your Bike Shed More Burglar-ProofNovember 29, 2012
Last modified: July 20, 2018
Improving the security of your bike shed is essential for ensuring that no burglar walks away with your bicycle. There are several important things to keep in mind when deciding to beef up security. Some of these factors should be taken into account before you start building your shed, or before you purchase it.
Undoubtedly the most important thing about you bike shed is its location. Its placement in the yard or garden should be carefully selected. The reason for this is that burglars have been known to use specialized tools to remove either entire sections of the shed’s walls, or to punch a hole through the roof to get to your bike.Therefore, placing the structure correctly becomes the main deterrent. A nifty idea is to place it near the driveway to your home, in such a way that parking a car prevents the doors of the shed from opening at all. Combining this approach with a number of security lights is very effective at preventing burglars from eyeing your bicycle for theft.
Rigging a motion sensor to security lights should alert you whenever any untoward activity is taking place in your yard. In order to prevent numerous false-positive detections, both the shed and the perimeter lights could be placed in your backyard, away from the main street passing in front of your house.
This placement has the added benefit of eliminating one of the main threats to your bike, which is scouting. Thieves regularly patrol various city sectors, including suburbs, looking for easy targets. It stands to reason that not giving them a target to look at is the best approach to safeguarding your possessions.
When selecting a bike shed, it is always important to keep in mind the secondary uses this structure will have. For example, if you do not plan to use it as a workshop, you can choose one that has no windows. Then, even if a burglar somehow finds their way into your garden or yard, they will have nothing to look at. The walls of your shed will be solid, and provide no way for the thieves to inspect its contents.
So now you have a well-emplaced plastic bike shed, whose main defense is the fact that you can be easily alerted. However, you are not always at home, and sometimes a well-deserved vacation just needs to remain stress-free. There are some things you can do to ensure that you’ll find your bike safe when you return home. The first thing you have to do after you finish installing your shed is to identify its main weaknesses.
If you have purchased the housing structure, there is a good chance that it will come with a basic set of locks and hinges. The latter are the most sensitive, since they are only kept in place by small screws. One thing you can do if you’re handy with a drilling machine is remove the original screws, widen the holes, and then use nuts and bolts to keep everything in place. This type of equipment is significantly stronger, and more burglar-proof.
Bolts can also be used to secure additional hasps. You do not want to add too many of these, since a burglar can tell the value of what is being concealed by the number of hasps they see. Therefore, a single, bolted hasp should be sufficient, especially if it’s outfitted with a durable padlock. If your bike shed is in the back yard, you can add another padlock, but any more after that would be a waste.
Securing the inside of your shed is equally-important to securing its exterior. There are two main things that you need to do: install a basic alarm system inside, and obscure the windows (if you have any). A simple alarm will have a motion sensor, installed so that it covers both the door and the windows, and a door trigger. The latter will set off the alarm when the door is opened without the correct signal being sent first from your remote control.
If you have windows on your shed, and you do not use the structure as a workshop, you should obscure the windows using either cardboard, or spray paint. The latter is the cheapest approach, and guarantees that no one will be able to scan the inside of the shed. Additionally, this type of paint can be removed with warm water, if you want to restore the windows to their former glory.
These are just some useful tips for safeguarding your bike. There are other things you can do to prevent theft, such as installing ground anchors inside the shed itself, and bolting the entire structure to the ground. This may not be necessary if you have a larger, heavier bike shed, but lighter models could be more protected if anchored firmly to the ground.