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Secure Your Shed!

As the first signs of spring are starting to appear in gardens and allotments across the county, Amthal Fire & Security is backing Hertfordshire Constabulary in launching Operation Gnome, a new initiative to help remind residents to keep their gardens, outbuildings and allotments secure.

Spring is traditionally a time when burglars target sheds, garages and outbuildings, looking for power tools, bikes and other expensive items stored in them. They also look for tools left in gardens such as spades, garden forks and ladders, which can be used to help them break into homes.

Says Jamie Allam, Commercial Director of Amthal Fire & Security: "On average, we store more than £2,000 worth of equipment and tools in our sheds, so it makes sense to keep them secure.  We heed the advice from Hertfordshire Constabulary and urge residents to be proactive with outbuilding security as opportunist thefts traditionally rise as the weather improves."

These are some of the ways you can make your outbuildings more secure:

  • Always lock your shed, preferably with two 'hasp and staple' locks (one near the top and one near the bottom of the door) or use or an alarmed padlock
  • Secure your rear garden by locking entry gates with a padlock
  • Burglars can use garden tools to break in, so make sure you securely lock away any tools after use
  • Ensure boundary fences are secure and in good condition. Spiky plants along garden boundaries are good additional deterrents
  • Tools and gardening equipment should be visibly marked with your postcode and house number - this can deter thieves and help police identify the rightful owner
  • Remember to lock your garage door securely. Metal 'up and over' doors can be secured with extra locks fitted either side and/or a floor-mounted locking 'T' bar with a closed shackle padlock. Wooden garage doors can be secured with two substantial hasps and staple locks and closed shackle padlocks.

For further advice on outbuilding security, please do not hesitate to be in touch for a free site survey to ensure your home and outbuildings are safe and secure.



Back to basic security and alarms are the premise to all good security.  Amthal will ensure a monitored alarm, or wireless security system can be tailored to your property to keep your assets and possessions safe and protected from any opportunist or professional criminal activity.



If you are responsible for business premises, an employer or self-employed with business premises, responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes, a charity or voluntary organisation or a contractor with a degree of control over any premises, you have a responsibility in relation to fire prevention!



As the world becomes more digital and buildings more intelligent, homeowners and businesses are looking at more efficient ways to secure buildings.  Access control enables you total control on who has access to your building. Locks and keys also allow you to secure your building, but when keys are lost or stolen, the inconvenience and expense of changing locks and re-issuing keys can be considerable.



CCTV Installation can let you know who is at your door, help prevent incidents and criminal activity and help protect people and property.  Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) works around the clock to help detect and deter crime, providing organisations with vital information.  Many existing users of CCTV installation are failing to realise the full potential of their system and the benefits it can provide.



Amthal's team of surveyors and system designers include individuals with industry experience of over two decades, combined with technology specialists who's purpose it is to keep up with the ever changing industry technology, products and integration.



We are regularly audited by the SSAIB & BAFE to ensure all systems we install meet current BS & EU industry standard requirements, Our experienced and skilled staff will deliver the design, installation and commissioning of the entire system.



Preventative service visits form part of our industries codes of practice and are essential to ensure your electronic fire & security systems work effectively when most required.  Amthal's service & maintenance contract customers receive priority response for all site and telephone support 24 hours a day 365 days a year.



Amthal partners with EMCS, the UK's leading independent alarm receiving centre.  EMCS is approved by the security industry governing bodies NACOSS and BSIA to BS5979 and ISO9000. Their monitoring environment is resistant to any possible attack or power failures.  All incoming telephone calls are responded to within 10 seconds!