How to Secure a Wooden Shed

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How to Secure a Wooden Shed
Make sure door frames, latches and locks provide adequate security. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A wooden shed is often a storage area for expensive outdoor equipment and tools, or other valuables. The standard shed latch closure is not enough to protect your valuable equipment from theft. Take a few extra measures to make your shed more secure and deter potential break-ins.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Package, one-way security screws
  • Hasp set
  • Padlock
  • Door trigger alarm
  • Glass frosting spray
  • Metal window grates

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  1. 1

    Remove the screws from the shed door hinges. Replace the screws with one-way security screws. These screws can be screwed in with a regular screwdriver, but cannot be removed because of the way the head is machined.

  2. 2

    Install a hasp set near the latch closure. Secure the hasp with a padlock. Although a determined burglar can break a padlock, it is an added deterrent.

  3. 3

    Install door trigger alarm. One sensor mounts to the inside of the doorjamb. The other mounts onto the door so that they are aligned. When activated, the alarm sounds if the door is opened. It will further deter a burglar if the doors are breached. Follow the installation instructions provided with the alarm.

  4. 4

    Spray the inside of the shed windows with glass frosting paint. This will create an opaque window so that burglars can't see inside.

  5. 5

    Install metal window grates on the inside of the window frames. If the glass is broken, this will prevent entrance into the shed. Follow the installation instructions provided with the grates.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a motion sensor light to your house. Direct the light and sensor to turn on when someone passes in front of the shed.
  • Wear eye protection when using a screwdriver and other installation tools.

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