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April 25, 2012 04:00 ET

How to Make Your Garden Secure

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 25, 2012) - The garden is a place of fun and relaxation during the spring and summer, but is also highly vulnerable to damage and theft. Dyno have taken a look at the most effective garden safety measures, helping you to protect your home and equipment.

Shed

A shed is vital for storing expensive garden equipment, but could also attract opportunistic thieves. Check that the structure of your shed is sturdy and robust, with two padlocked bolts fitted to the door. All windows should be also fitted with locks, whilst placing mesh across the inside will shield your tools and equipment from view. Larger items such as mowers and power tools can be further protected by a wall or floor anchor, but do remember that these will only be as secure as the surface they are attached to. Specialised shed alarms use either a door contact system or an infra-red motion detector to warn you against intruders. If these are not an option, your home burglar alarm system could be extended to cover your garden and shed.

Boundaries

The rear boundary of your garden is the most vulnerable part of your entire house; statistics from the 1996 British Crime Survey revealing that 60% of all domestic burglaries took place via the rear or side windows and doors. The Metropolitan Police advise that fences need to be over 2m (6ft 6ins) to really deter burglars from scaling them, however you may need planning permission to build such tall fencing. Sharp plants are a natural alternative to unsightly barbed wire and can add extra height to your boundaries. A thorny trellis of roses, pyracantha or chaenomeles should help to stop a potential burglar in his tracks.

Lights

Garden lights are one of the best tools for night time security. Halogen floodlights can provide an attractive and subtle glow to your garden, or a passive infrared sensor can be used to trip brighter lights when motion is detected. Take care to angle the lights away from the road and neighbouring houses, focusing on the entry points to your home. Sensors can also be used to switch garden lights on with sunset and off with sunrise.

Paths

Gravel can be used as a cheap warning sign of approaching thieves, whilst also making it difficult for them to make a quiet exit. Gravel is now available in a wide range of colours and sizes, with many types suitable for mixing with slabs and bricks.

Contact Information

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    Maple Road
    SURBITON, Surrey KT6 4BJ
    020 8481 2200
    020 8481 2288 (FAX)
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