Gah! Nine of the sheds on our allotment were broken into last night. They smashed the hasp and padlock off my door, splitting the wood. Other people with metal sheds had them wrenched open with crowbars bending them beyond repair and plastic sheds were just smashed up. Anyone with a simple toolbox had it wrenched open.
I don't keep anything worth pinching in mine and didn't get much nicked at all, but I'm now wondering what you guys think - from now on I'm not planning on re-locking my shed. They smashed a good hasp and padlock straight out of the wood - it was the shed that broke, not the padlock, and I don't thinkgetting a better lock would improve anything - they just break the shed itself. I even wonder whether seeing a padlock on it made the theives think there was something worth stealing in the first place.
I've got a turn-button closure on it to stop animals and weather getting in and I trust my fellow allotmenteers (there are only 17 plots and we are on first-name terms with each other). Should I just keep the door closed and accept that at some point someone might break into the site and nick some of my (very old) tools and an enamel mug or two? I live too far away to lug it all with me each time and I'd rather they didn't smash up the shed just to get to stuff that isn't worth the price of the housing...
What do you think?