How to Secure a Wooden Shed

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Package, one-way security screws
  • Hasp set
  • Padlock
  • Door trigger alarm
  • Glass frosting spray
  • Metal window grates
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Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.