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# 250622 19-May-2019 12:25
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Hi,

 

My next door neighbour and I had our garden sheds broken into a few nights ago and various tools were stolen. The doors were secured solely by padlocks and the sheds are within 10 metres of our houses, does anyone have any bright but inexpensive ideas on how we can minimise the chance of our gear being stolen again.

 

BTW my next door neighbour has lived in his house for nearly 40 years and his property was only burgled once about 20 years ago.

 

Thanks for any help.


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  # 2240780 19-May-2019 12:30
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I assume they used boltcutters? Perhaps a BIG padlock, plus a sensor light aimed at the shed? Ideally that doesn't quite see a cat or hedgehog wandering by.

 

Maybe an alarm company has a low cost wifi option that might hookup to the house alarm? 


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  # 2240788 19-May-2019 13:11
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Not exactly cheap, but a lock like one of these is better security than a padlock on the outside:

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/lockwood-355-double-cylinder-deadlock-everbrass_p00654565

 

I'm busy installing a similar one I got second hand for $50, today.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2240809 19-May-2019 14:54
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If it is a typical garden shed you could take the sides off quicker than dealing to a padlock.

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  # 2240821 19-May-2019 15:34
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I won't deter but might identify the crooks, you might like to install a solar security camera if no power is available.Wish have them, if you do, get one that has external access to the memory card.


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  # 2240829 19-May-2019 15:51
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DarthKermit:

Not exactly cheap, but a lock like one of these is better security than a padlock on the outside:


https://www.bunnings.co.nz/lockwood-355-double-cylinder-deadlock-everbrass_p00654565


I'm busy installing a similar one I got second hand for $50, today.


Easier to crowbar off than boltcutting a padlock. Maybe 4 seconds?




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  # 2240901 19-May-2019 18:38
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Bought an padlock from Bunnings a few years ago that had a built in alarm. If it was moved sufficiently without a key being inserted or anyone tried to cut through it it set off a decent alarm. As mentioned above not going to stop someone determined but certainly good enough to scare off someone having a try. Think it was about $30? No idea on brand.


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  # 2240914 19-May-2019 19:12
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The Ring Spotlight Cam includes a camera, sensor light and alarm with battery power. Would probably address all your security needs, up until the point the little scrote nicked that too. They are quite pricey though.

 

I had a basic jaycar shed alarm at one point. Seems to have been discontinued, but ebay or your choice of cheap craptacular Chinese electronic retailers sells an "alarm" for about one-thirtieth the price of a Ring: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Wireless-Home-Security-Burglar-Alarm-Garage-Shed-Caravan-with-Keypad-Door-Window/382895870251

 

 


 
 
 
 




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  # 2240963 19-May-2019 20:43
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tdgeek:

 

I assume they used boltcutters? Perhaps a BIG padlock, plus a sensor light aimed at the shed? Ideally that doesn't quite see a cat or hedgehog wandering by.

 

Maybe an alarm company has a low cost wifi option that might hookup to the house alarm? 

 

I haven't found the padlock, maybe the thieves collect them as memorabilia 😒 The house is a rental which limits the amount I am willing to spend and the landlord is okay but is averse to spending money.

 

 

 

 




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  # 2240966 19-May-2019 20:47
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DarthKermit:

 

Not exactly cheap, but a lock like one of these is better security than a padlock on the outside:

 

https://www.bunnings.co.nz/lockwood-355-double-cylinder-deadlock-everbrass_p00654565

 

I'm busy installing a similar one I got second hand for $50, today.

 

 

 

 

Hi, thanks for the reply, are all the screws concealed on that lock?




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  # 2240972 19-May-2019 20:50
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Bung: If it is a typical garden shed you could take the sides off quicker than dealing to a padlock.

 

The shed is an old, solid and wooden




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  # 2240974 19-May-2019 20:57
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matabo:

 

I won't deter but might identify the crooks, you might like to install a solar security camera if no power is available.Wish have them, if you do, get one that has external access to the memory card.

 

 

 

 

This might be a good idea if I thought I might know the thieves but from what I have heard garden shed burglaries are very low priority crimes to the police.




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  # 2240977 19-May-2019 21:05
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kingjj:

 

Bought an padlock from Bunnings a few years ago that had a built in alarm. If it was moved sufficiently without a key being inserted or anyone tried to cut through it it set off a decent alarm. As mentioned above not going to stop someone determined but certainly good enough to scare off someone having a try. Think it was about $30? No idea on brand.

 

 

 

 

It was a padlock alarm but after a couple of years, it stopped working. I might buy another as the first line of defence but I think those padlocks will only stop a very uncommitted thief as they are easily muffled.




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  # 2240983 19-May-2019 21:23
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mdf:

 

The Ring Spotlight Cam includes a camera, sensor light and alarm with battery power. Would probably address all your security needs, up until the point the little scrote nicked that too. They are quite pricey though.

 

I had a basic jaycar shed alarm at one point. Seems to have been discontinued, but ebay or your choice of cheap craptacular Chinese electronic retailers sells an "alarm" for about one-thirtieth the price of a Ring: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Wireless-Home-Security-Burglar-Alarm-Garage-Shed-Caravan-with-Keypad-Door-Window/382895870251

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something like that along with an alarmed padlock would probably be enough to deter all but the most determined thieves. I guess they'll be something similar on trademe, it has been ages since I used my PayPal account and I vaguely remember there was some problem with me using it.


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  # 2240992 19-May-2019 21:36
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https://www.jaycar.co.nz/motion-activated-alarm-with-remote-control/p/LA5217

We have something like this $43 battery powered and a remote seems pretty good.

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  # 2240994 19-May-2019 21:40
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My suggestion would be a hardened hasp and staple set with concealed bolts and hinge pin. Use a shrouded padlock that is hard to cut with bolt cutters. Fit steel plates on the inside of the door and frame for the hasp set mounting bolts. Idea is to make it look secure, so thieves will try somewhere else. Also pay to check that the door hinges are strong.

 

Automatic lighting would be good too.

 

Alarm only works once they are in, so they will still do a quick grab and run before you can get out of bed.


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