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Deter would-be thieves

Theft from gardens is not new, from the opportunist who takes an unguarded spade to a deliberate raid on a well-stocked shed. Theft from sheds happens whether they are locked or not, especially if the hinge is on the outside, where the screws can be taken out and the door lifted off, lock and all. The equipment taken can represent a lot of money, but also memories if the tools were handed down or received as gifts, so it makes sense to take precautions to keep them safe.

Dark evenings are a gift to the thief, because when you close your curtains to shut out the cold and wet, you allow them free rein to enter your garden unseen. So, if you think there may be a problem where you live, itís time to use technology to put an end to their activities.

By installing a camera system, preferably linked to an indoor screen, you can see if anyone enters the garden as the system will alert you. Better systems include a security light and alarm as well as capturing events in high definition. At the very least, your unwanted visitor may be deterred, but preferably scared off completely or even caught red-handed. This can be vital if you live alone.

Leading security camera company, Arlo, produce a range of camera systems to suit different situations. The Arlo Ultra system has motion sensors which monitor your possessions then youíre not at home, with intelligent alerts and 2-way audio to warn off any would-be intruders. The information is accessible via your phone on the Arlo app, so you can keep watch over your garden, shed, garage or front door from whichever angle you choose, both day and night.

Make sure the camera has a clear view of the garden gate or shed door, preferably from an angle where it captures a face view and remember to keep the lens clean. Keep your phone handy so you can always hear the alert and be ready to contact the police if you feel threatened.

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This story was published on: 15/11/2019

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