Crime-Proof Your Shed

This post is written by Ivy from Steelchief. I got no compensation for publishing this post.

Most crimes that involve a shed is the standard 'burglar burgles shed, shed owner's valuable tools stolen'. 
So, if you own, or are planning on owning a really great shed like the ones from Steelchief, there are a whole lot of things that you can do to make your shed more secure and prevent it from being broken into and plundered
Fix your shed up with some really heavy locks and put a hard setting glue around the lock fitting to keep it in place, which will mean that the lock can't be removed by unscrewing it. 
Surround your shed with a crunchy gravel, that will mean that no one will be able to stealthily and silently approach your shed to burgle it. In ancient Japan, the Emperor only lived in rooms with 'singing floors' or 'nightingale floors', so that an assassin, like a ninja, could never approach. 
Even if you can't reinforce your garden bed with security-guard garden gnome on duty twenty-four hours a day, or install anti-theft singing floors of a royal standard, you can still protect your shed in other ways.

If you have a dog, letting it sleep near the shed will likely deter potential burglars from approaching, even if it's the kind of dog that would wag its tail and lick the hand of a quietly approaching thief. It's all about appearances. 
You can use your planting as a guard as well. Prickly and hostile plants might stop people from wanting to approach. A cactus is harder to get past than a rhododendron, after all. 
Marking and photographing all the precious equipment that you keep in your shed will mean that it's easier to insure. It's all about making your shed look like it would be really really hard to burgle, and not worth the while of the cretin who is thinking of attempting it. That seems to be what shed burglars react to.


That's not the only crime that can happen in a shed though! A fugitive man on the run in Britain lived for nearly a month in a unused tool shed before being discovered by the shed's unsuspecting owner, who had opened it up to do some spring gardening. 
In another case, a secret sweatshop was discovered behind a false partition in a suburban shed, manufacturing counterfeit brand name goods. 
Those are two crimes you probably never imagined taking place in your shed; slavery and fraud. Another case was thrown out of court when a man in Stoke-on-Trent was accused by his neighbour of using his shed to spy on the gardening techniques of the accuser. The defendant had apparently built as shed that bordered his neighbour's property, drilled holes in the walls and then copied the way his neighbour tended to his rare flowering plant, the Corpse Flower (Rafflesia arnoldii), which included feeding it spiced rum, and keeping a stack of old coins nearby the flower bed!

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