While household crime is decreasing, thefts from gardens and outbuildings is unfortunately on the rise. Whether you have a greenhouse, garden shed, workshop or any other kind of outbuilding, our handy tips will help you improve security and protect your property from crime.
Security for outbuilding entrances and property boundaries
- Check for damage to walls, hedges and fences and repair as soon as possible
- Fit a good quality alarm to your outbuilding and test them regularly
- If appropriate, consider installing CCTV, especially if you are often away
- Choose external doors that are at least 44m thick with securely-fixed frames
- Ensure the boundary at the back of your property is at least two metres high
- Optimise security on fences by using anti-climb paint or a ‘prickler’ strip along the top. Anti-climb paint does not dry and will stain materials it encounters. A sign stating usage acts as a further deterrent and will help ensure you meet your duty of care
- Using gravel on your driveway or installing a driveway alarm are good ideas for alerting you to unexpected visitors. You could also consider motion sensor lights though make sure your security isn’t at the expense of your neighbour’s retinas, or patience!
- If you have access points that are not regularly used, plant a tree, place a bollard or block in the gap.
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The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has released fresh Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) to trigger a change in the way local authorities plan for self and custom build housing.
The introduction of the Right to Build in 2016, via the Housing and Planning Act, saw councils have a duty to keep a register of people wanting to build their own homes and then provide sufficient serviced plots to meet that demand within three years.
The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) announced last year that over 18,000 individuals had signed up to local registers (a figure that will have increased significantly since), showing that there is significant interest in self and custom build. This enthusiasm isn’t mirrored by the 8% of new homes that the sector currently delivers in the UK.
The updated PPG seeks to clarify the Housing and Planning Act’s definition of self and custom build as schemes where the initial owner of the home will have primary input into its final design and layout. ‘Councils have been asking exactly what both self-build and custom build are. This definition means game-playing by developers can be avoided. They can’t just argue that an off-plan sale is self-build’, says Mario Wolf, director of NaCSB’s expert task force.
The guidance also sheds light on what qualifies a site as a serviced plot, an area of the Right to Build scheme that was, until now, vaguely defined. Read more ›
Self-Build Zone, will be exhibiting at Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2017 at ExCeL London from the 22nd -24th of September 2017.
Visit Self Build Zone on Stand A135
The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is the dedicated event for Self-builders, Home Renovators and those considering starting a new project or extending and adding value to their existing home.
Self-build specialists, renovation experts and leading brands are all under one roof at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. It’s the biggest event of its kind in the UK and it’s a unique opportunity to get free face-to-face advice and attend must-see Masterclasses.
Self-Build Zone are the leading provider of self-build insurances – including Site Insurance, 10 Year Structural Warranty (Technical Audits, Building Control and other bespoke Survey Services as well), Health & Safety advice and Contract Wordings to the self-build marketplace as well as specialist Buildings and Contents insurance.
Self-Build zone also benefits from being part of the Sennocke Group which means that not only can they advise you on products for your building project but they can also provide Legal Indemnity/Defective Title insurance, Commercial, Professional Lines and Home insurance. Read more ›
Self-Build Zone, are excited to announce that they are a Silver Sponsor for the Build It Awards taking place on the 22nd of September 2017.
The Build It Awards is an annual event which celebrates all aspects of self-build and renovation, including completed projects, services and suppliers. The awards bring together architects, manufacturers and key industry figures in recognition of innovation and excellence in the custom and self-build home sector.
Build It is the UK’s longest running and most focused self-build magazine, sitting firmly at the heart of the self-build community. It is the most detailed and practical title for real self-builders and renovators with current or prospective projects. Read more ›