Lisa Richardson, brand manager at Kasp Security, explains why garden security is paramount.

Burglary accounted for 13% of all recorded crime in England and Wales[i] last year with the latest British Crime Survey (BCS)[ii] reporting that 745,000 burglaries and attempted burglaries occurred during 10/11 – a  14% increase on the previous year.

The BCS also highlighted that households with no security measures were ten times more likely to be burgled than homes with simple security measures, such as deadlocks on doors or window locks. And with the BCS reporting that 35% of burglaries are crimes of opportunity it indicates that inadequate security measures are in place.

Furthermore, with the onset of British Summer Time, consumers are being warned to take precautions in protecting their garden sheds, which house an average of £670-£1,200[iii] worth of contents from expensive lawnmowers to bicycles. According to recent research burglaries from garden sheds and conservatories can increase by 25% when the clocks change for British Summer Time[iv].

Police have also issued warnings to households after a significant rise in garden shed break-ins, which is impacting on the number of house burglaries, as tools from sheds are being used to break into homes. However, despite warnings 49% of homeowners have admitted they fail to lock their garden sheds[v].

These shocking figures highlight a very real need for durable security products – prevention, as they say, is better than cure. In understanding the need for trustworthy security solutions, Kasp offers an extensive range of award-winning, resilient padlocks, hasps and motion sensor alarms, all designed to deter opportunist thieves.

Ideal for protecting garden sheds and gates, the robust Kasp 130 Series Laminated Steel Padlocks feature a hardened steel shackle for extra protection against hacksaw and cropping attacks, whilst a double bolted locking mechanism offers additional strength to resist torsion and pull attacks. A paracentric keyway and 5-pin cylinder with anti-pick mushroom pins safeguard against picking and manipulation, combining the latest lock technology with a traditional style for guaranteed peace of mind.

For additional protection, team the Kasp 130 Series with the Kasp 230 Series Universal Hasp and Staple. Tough and robust in construction, the Kasp 230 Series is manufactured from heavy guage steel with anti corrosion properties. Featuring a hardened steel staple and concealed hinge pin, the Kasp 230 Series protects against the most brutal attack methods, keeping gates, garden sheds and also vehicles safe and secure.

For added convenience, Kasp also offers the K130 Series as keyed-alike, meaning a garden shed and garden gate padlocked with the K130s can be opened with the same key.

In addition, Kasp offers a comprehensive range of easy to install, wireless alarms, which are triggered by the detection of movement and are ideal for the home, garden shed, garage and even vehicles. Each offers an ultra loud alarm (90 dB – 130 dB), which attracts immediate attention, requires no mains power and is portable for added convenience.

In further support of its customers Kasp also provides top tips on how to secure your home and property simply and effectively on its website, This easily navigable website features an array of useful information about differing levels of security and advice on the correct Kasp product for each area of the home and garden.

Although there’s never a guarantee that gardens will not be the target of the staggering number of thefts annually, there are measures that can be put in place to deter thieves. A simple awareness of garden security and an investment in high quality, trustworthy locks can ensure that homeowners can enjoy the summer months without worry.

For further information please visit or call 01758 704704.