Keeping Your Shed Safe Over This Christmas Period

The humble garden shed has a special place in our hearts and homes. Whether it’s the dusty sanctuary of dad’s man cave, home to the remains of a short-lived drumming career, or just the escape space for many members in the family.

Sheds, garages and other outbuildings are an invaluable asset to a home. Even over the coming Xmas period, the shed plays it’s vital role in storing the bigger presents like bikes and sports equipment. So the AA has produced this new video encouraging people to consider their shed and garden safety, especially over the Christmas period.

Highlights from the report include:

  • The contents of the average UK shed are worth around £2,000
  • If you ensure that you lock up your shed – then you’re covered by your home insurance
  • When keeping expensive items in your shed/garden office, if the cost is more than £1,500 then they need to be declared as a specified item
  • Granny flats/annexes are also covered under home insurance unless the building is self-sustained or shares a separate postcode to the main house

Here are the AA’s top tips on minimising the risk of theft

·  Make sure your shed’s in good condition – if you think a thief could easily break in, don’t leave expensive items in there.

· All hasps (hinged metal fastenings for doors and windows) should have concealed screws.

· Fit windows with an internal grille, fixed to a steel frame.

· Fit security cages to keep valuable equipment in.

· Clearly mark all your tools and garden equipment with your postcode and house number.

You can read more detailed information and the most common questions answered here: https://www.theaa.com/home-insurance/advice/garden-sheds-granny-flats-and-outbuildings

The AA