Garden sheds are great places to store fishing gear – until they get broken into. Yesterday on Facebook a Runcorn-based angler reported that he’d had a garden shed break in where the thieves broke through TWO padlocks, and it was only sheer luck that most of his fishing gear was already locked up in the car ready for a fishing trip the following day. The thieves still stole a bunch of valuable fishing stuff, though and the loss will take some serious money to replace.
After reading that tale of woe I got to thinking about my own garden shed and how to protect it without breaking the bank. I actually ended up ordering a few very inexpensive and ingenious items from Amazon and I plan on using them in conjunction with each other to provide layers of security. We start with:
It’s a padlock with its own built in alarm. There are quite a few different versions on Amazon but I like this particular model for two reasons: 1. It’s relatively cheap at less than 1/2 the price of some models. 2. It has a long shackle which makes it just a little harder to break apart. Thieves know this so when they see a couple of these Bad Boys on your shed they might take a hike rather than try to mess with them. Of course, if they do start fiddling around the alarm goes off and, hopefully, off scarpers the thieving git. There is just one thing to be aware of: If your shed door is very exposed to the weather and is prone to vibrating in strong winds (metal shed, perhaps?), that might set the padlock alarm off. On the other hand, if you’re worried that the lock itself might swing around in a strong wind you’d need to find a way of stopping any movement. Velcro, maybe?
Our second inexpensive Security Goody is
this well reviewed and super inexpensive motion alarm. Plunk one of these inside the shed pointing to the space a Thieving Twat might move around in and after a few seconds it’ll emit a loud alarm blast and send him scarpering for his rat hole. It comes with a couple of key ring remote controls so when you access your shed be sure to have your remote control handy so that you can disarm the alarm. This model is so cheap that I’ve actually ordered two of them. One thing I found when rummaging through the product reviews for shed / garage alarms is that they all display a flashing LED light which is designed to remind you, the owner, that you need to disarm it when you enter your shed. Of course, thieves know this so they see the LED light and immediately destroy the alarm. You should cover the light up with masking tape. That way the Slimy Stealing Slug gets to soil his pants when the alarm goes off because there’s no light to warn him.
I’m actually thinking about installing both of these el cheapo alarms (remember, I ordered two), one with the LED light showing and the other with it masked out, the first in plain view, the second hidden but still pointing to the movement area. The LED flashing light will remind me to disarm the alarms when I access my shed and of course if a thief ever got into the shed and destroyed the visible alarm, the back-up hidden, blacked out LED alarm is sure to emit an unpleasant surprise. Less than a Fiver each AND they have generally favourable Amazon user reviews. Cheap and good, a nice combination! I suppose the cost of batteries will slowly add up over a long time but then the cost of a successful break in would be much higher.
Finally, we hope your potential plunderer has gotten a basic primary school education and understands that Yellow and Black are warning colours. He might even be able to read too which will also help him make an informed decision, namely “Leave NOW.” Stick a couple of these on your shed where your peeping pilferer can see them and with luck he’ll be off to pick on someone elses shed BEFORE he sets of your padlock and your motion detector alarms. Hopefully THAT shed is well secured and alarmed too.
The alarmed padlock, motion detector alarms and the warning stickers when used together are going to come in at less than £25 total. For those unlucky enough to be in a neighbourhood experiencing a high frequency of garden shed break-ins this has to be the Bargain of the Century. Use all three layers of security together and hopefully they’ll combine to be a reasonably good deterrent against the theft of your valuable fishing gear. Just don’t forget to check the batteries!