Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Your Utility Shed Could Be a Prime Target For Thieves!


Thieves are always on the prowl and often look for easy marks such as storage sheds and crawl spaces were most homeowners don’t frequent every day. These areas are often scarcely protected, if they are protected at all. However, they store valuable treasures that crooks can easily sell, such as lawn and garden equipment and tools. Several methods of protecting a storage shed are to add reinforced hinges that are either riveted in or anchored with star bolts, and use a high quality lock. The best method of securing a storage shed is to add a wireless security sensor to the door and windows of the structure. In many cases if the home already has a security system a wireless receiver can be added to the existing system so that the wireless unit can communicate with the master control unit. By adding monitored sensors the home alarm will sound when the door is breached, when the system is armed and the police or sheriff deputy will be dispatched. Another method of prevention and apprehension is to install surveillance cameras. This is the most expensive solution, but it works hand in hand with the monitored security system. The cameras can capture the activity that triggered the alarm, making identification and prosecution of the suspect much easier. These tips are especially important if you live in the country, because of the secluded nature of the homes and the delay time it takes for law enforcement to arrive. People that live in town are not immune to having their possessions plundered, because in many cases people work the same shift and people do not know their neighbors. In conclusion, if security is important to you, don’t overlook the shed or the crawl space.

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Carrie said...

Thanks for pointing out this area of vulnerability to theft. We take such measures to protect our homes, but often forget about the valuables that we have outside of our homes.
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