Sheds are great for storing gardening equipment you don’t want to keep in the house. Unfortunately, they’re often targeted by thieves, especially when they have visible weak points.
Because they’re situated away from the house, sheds can be real magnets for opportunist thieves. This being the case, you should take whatever steps you can to make your shed more secure.
One of the best ways to protect your garden shed is by investing in a good quality lock. There are many different types of shed locks, from simple padlocks to locking bolts and combination locks.
Things to look for when buying a lock for your shed include the materials used, ease of installation, level of protection provided and suitability for different types of doors.
We’ve rated some of the UK’s best shed locks, reviewing their key features as well as their pros and cons. After reading through the reviews, you should have a much better idea of which lock is right for you.
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Let’s start by looking at our best pick, the D Garden Lock Bar…
A sturdy and effective lock that does its job extremely well
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The D Garden Lock Bar is our best pick and is an excellent product to use in order to make your shed much more secure.
The bar stretches across the entire width of the door and is kept in place by two metal brackets on either side. The design means it’s very secure and would make it extremely difficult for thieves to get access to your shed.
It’s made from galvanised, heavy-duty steel, which means it’s not only very robust, but will also stand up to harsh weather conditions very well. It’s also designed in a way that you don’t have to slide the bar through the brackets in order to remove it.
It comes with everything you need to install, including the 2 brackets and all fittings. However, you will need a padlock to be able to use it.
You can install this lock bar on doors that are up to 1 metre wide and it would work best on doors made from wood.
- Very sturdy and does a great job of making your garage more secure
- Galvanised, heavy-duty steel construction means it’s built to last
- Very easy to install, with all necessary fittings included
- Can be removed very easily when you need access to your shed.
- You’ll need to purchase a padlock separately to use it
Reliable, easy to install and very affordable
Our value pick is the XFORT Traditional Rim Press Lock and although it may not provide quite the same level of protection as a lock bar, it’s still a great choice for making your shed more secure.
It’s made from sturdy materials and is black powder-coated, meaning you don’t have to worry about rust. It’s also quite small, so you don’t have to worry about it being an eyesore.
Because it’s a surface mounted lock, it’s very easy to install too. You simply screw the lock onto the door using the four screws provided. You could install this on pretty much any type of door, whether it’s wood, glass or metal. You get 2 keys included for the price.
It’s worth noting that most insurance providers wouldn’t consider this type of lock to be adequate if you wanted to make a claim on stolen contents. This being the case, they are best suited as a visual deterrent and to add a small amount of security to your shed.
Overall, this would make an excellent choice if you’re looking for a more traditional lock that’s easy to install and use, and you don’t want to spend a lot of money. As well as using this for your shed, you could also use it for a garage or other type of outbuilding.
- Very easy to fit, with no real DIY skills or specialist equipment required
- Excellent value for money
- Can be used on other types of outbuildings, including garages and greenhouses
- Made from robust materials that are designed to stand up to harsh weather and not rust
- Doesn’t provide the same level of security as some other products, such as lock bars
- Probably wouldn’t deter thieves who were determined to break-in
A very secure lock – perfect for sheds and wooden gates
Next up is the Concise Home 50mm Double Long Throw Lock. If you are serious about protecting the contents of your shed, then this would make an excellent choice.
This lock is suitable for use on gates and doors that are up to 50mm thick, although you can also get a 70mm version, which costs slightly more.
The double thickening galvanized screws makes it very secure and the fact that all the fittings are on in the inside means it cannot be tampered with by anyone trying to gain access. Although the fittings are on the inside, it can also be opened from both sides, which often isn’t the case with this type of lock.
You get a very generous 5 keys included for the price, so you don’t have to worry about losing one and is perfect if you want to give the rest of your family access
Installing this lock isn’t quite as easy as a rim press lock since you’ll need to make the correct sized hole (26mm) in the door to install it. However, once you’ve drilled the hole, it’s then very easy to attach it, simply being a case of using the provided screws.
- Provides excellent security for your shed, since the fittings cannot be tampered with from the outside
- Is also excellent for use on wooden gates
- You can unlock it from both sides
- Is a bit more tricky to install compared to some other locks
A simple but effective shed lock
The Master Lock Steel Padlock is a basic padlock that would work well on shed doors as well as garages, fences and gates.
It’s made from laminated steel, meaning it holds up to harsh weather conditions well without rusting. It also has a nice, compact design that means you can use it without it being an eyesore on the outside of your shed.
Both the padlock itself and the metal clasp it attaches to are very sturdy and would provide a decent amount of protection for your shed. The fact that the entire lock goes on the outside does make it somewhat vulnerable to thieves compared to other locks like the Concise Home one though.
You get everything you need to get started, including the padlock, clasp and 2 sets of keys. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee.
It may not provide as much protection as some other locks we’ve looked at, but this is still a good quality product and would probably be enough to deter casual thieves from targeting your shed.
- Very easy to install
- Made from high-quality materials that are sturdy and won’t rust
- Comes with 2 keys
- Comes with a lifetime guarantee
- The basic design means it isn’t quite as secure as some other locks
A great way to make your shed more secure
Lastly, we have the Sterling Combination Locking Bolt. Instead of using a key, this lock requires a 4-digit combination to unlock it. The body is made from corrosion-resistant zinc, so it should last a long time and hold up to harsh weather conditions.
The combination can be reset as many times as you want, with 10,000 possible combinations. As well as being suitable for sheds, you could also use this on a garage, door, cupboard or gate.
It’s very easy to install too. You simply use the supplied screws to attach the two parts to the outside of the door. Because it’s a combination lock, you don’t have to worry about losing keys either. You can choose to fit it either horizontally or vertically.
Overall, this is an excellent lock and would make a great choice if you want a lock that’s easy to install and use while providing a good amount of added security to your shed.
- Very simple to install, with no keys to worry about
- The 4-digit combination can be reset as many times as needed
- Would also work perfectly for garages, gates, doors and cupboards
- Can be installed horizontally or vertically
- Some reviewers had problems with the combination ceasing to work after continued use
- Rust can be an issue when using it outdoors
How To Keep Your Garden Shed Secure
Getting a good lock is one of the best ways to keep your garden shed secure, but it’s not the only step you should take. Below are some other great methods for protecting your shed –
Install an alarm
Using a security alarm is one of the best ways you can protect your garage. There are a lot of different types you can choose from, depending on your budget and what level of security you want.
It might seem a little over the top to get an alarm for your shed, but it’s something that a lot more people are doing and will make a big difference to how secure your shed is.
Windows not only allow thieves to see what’s inside your shed, but they’re also a weak point that can be used to gain entry. Depending on whether you work in your shed or use it purely for storage, you may not need windows at all.
If you want to keep some light, then you can use frosting to obscure the windows so thieves can’t look in.
Get decent hinges
The hinges on the door of your shed can very easily be a weak point that thieves will target to break into it. It makes no sense to get a good quality lock if the hinges on the door are poor quality and easily removed.
You can get some excellent heavy-duty hinges that will not be easy for thieves to remove. They’re generally very affordable and easy to fit too, providing you have a suitable door.
Install security lights
Motion-activated security lights can be a great way to make your shed more secure.
They’re generally not too expensive and will automatically come on if anyone walks in from of them at night.
Don’t have any large plants/bushes around your shed
Having a lot of large plants around your shed will make it an ideal target for thieves, since they can easily hide in them while waiting for the best opportunity to break-in.
You should cut back/remove any foliage and make sure to keep any grass around it short.
Take out insurance
Although it won’t do anything to deter thieves, having your shed insured will mean that you’re compensated if anything is stolen from it.
Home insurance often covers the contents for your shed, but exactly how much is covered can vary a lot from one policy to the next. If you have very expensive equipment in your shed, then you’ll certainly want to make sure it’s covered by your insurance.
You can also insure your shed itself, for dangers like fire and storm damage.
Get a security camera
Installing a CCTV camera is a very good way to make your garden shed more secure. You can get good quality CCTV cameras relatively cheaply these days and if you want to protect your shed as best you can, they’re certainly worth the investment.
If you don’t want to spend the money on an actual camera, a fake camera can still be a very good deterrent although you obviously won’t have any footage if your shed does get broken into.
Chris loves the outdoors and exploring nature. He is a freelance writer and has written extensively on subjects including travel, DIY and gardening.