Shed security is often overlooked but sheds usually contain valuable possessions such as bikes, power tools and gardening equipment. They may also contain ladders and tools that if accessible, could be used by a burglar to break into a property. Standard security door locks and door hinges can easily be fitted to ensure complete peace of mind.
Shed Door Hinges
Shed doors are often designed for exterior opening to maximize the storage space in the shed, therefore door hinges are placed outside the door, which are exposed to most moisture and physical damages. There is some criterion when choosing shed door hinges:
Make sure the door hinge material is rust and corrosion resistant, like brass, stainless steel and chromium
Use door hinges with non-removable pins to prevent thieves from tapping out the hinge pin to gain access to your shed easily.
Decide whether to use plain or ball bearing door hinges. You can pick non-bearing hinges here if your shed door is not frequently used, as bearing door hinges are more expensive, but with longer durability.
The size (thickness, width and height) of shed door determines the number and size of door hinges. If selecting the wrong size or number, the door will fail over time, causing the door to catch or drag on the frame or the floor. Check door hinge size and number table here.
Shed Door Locks
Although shed security is important, it is not as focus as house external doors. Simple types of door locks with primary security can be applied here:
Padlocks & Hasps
The most basic type of shed closures is the hasp and staple along with a padlock. Padlocks used externally so should be no less than 6cm wide and made of hardened steel. A closed shackle type is the best to prevent thieves from getting a crowbar through the shackle to break it. Padlock with extreme security, outdoor application or resistance are your choice.
Rim lock is a proper way to secure the shed, by screwing it onto the door ledge. It is easy to install as it is surface mounted, with lower cost compare with other security door locks. It still has the advantage over padlocks that there is nothing can remove from the outside.
If you need more advanced security on your shed door, I recommend you to have a deadbolt. Deadbolt is a physical security standard for protecting exterior doors, which prevents the break-in from simple door entry methods like kicking open or using a credit card to slide in and raise the bolt.
Shed Door Alarms
Burglars break in your shed before your house, in most cases. If you can notice in the moment burglars try to intrude your shed, you can call the police in a safe place before he breaks into your house. You can consider single room/standalone alarms for additional precautions and added security. As shed locates in your garden which is far from your room, you will never notice if a burglar is around your shed and try to intrude your shed.