Beach Hut Security Tips
Keep your Beach Hut Safe!
Beach huts have been part of the history of the British seaside since Victorian times. In more recent times, they have become increasingly popular, with more and more Brits choosing to staycation over going abroad.
Your beach hut is your haven, a place to unwind and get away from it all. But because you can’t be there 24 hours a day, it can be vulnerable to graffiti and break-ins. Beach huts have traditionally been viewed as unsupervised and unprotected, resulting in a high number of break-ins and thefts of expensive valuables, such as surf and paddleboards. So, it’s time to help bolster your security and do everything you can to keep your beach retreat safe and secure.
Beach Hut Security Tips and Advice
Look After Your Beach Hut
If your beach hut looks like it’s not being used, it’s far more likely to suffer from criminal damage or antisocial behaviour. For the sake of you and your neighbours’, local councils ask that you keep your beach hut tidy and in good repair. According to Canterbury Police, poorly maintained beach huts are more likely to attract even more damage, which may include vandalism to neighbouring beach huts.
Keep an Eye on Your Beach Hut
Make sure to check your beach hut regularly during both the summer and winter months. If you’re not around, ask a neighbouring beach hut owner to keep an eye on yours. If you see anything suspicious, report it immediately to your local police force, as early detection and warning may assist them in identifying offenders.
Never Leave Valuables in Your Beach Hut Overnight
The majority of beach huts are not secure enough to leave any valuable property in, so you should never leave anything of value in them overnight, or at the very least in sight of any windows.
Get a Secure Beach Hut Lock
A beach hut door that can be easily opened can attract unwanted attention from a potential intruder. One of the best ways to secure your beach hut is to make sure that you have the proper locks to increase your door security and to secure any windows. One of the best locks for a beach hut is a padlock attached to a security bar that secures the entire beach hut door.
Fit a Battery Powered Alarm.
Many security alarms rely on a main electricity supply and a telephone line to be effective, so in many cases, these types of alarms wouldn’t be appropriate for a beach hut. We advise installing a battery powered alarm, similar to what you can find to secure a shed. These devices act as a great deterrent, and should someone try and force entry, it will alert others nearby.
Mark Your Property
If items are stolen, having your postcode engraved or marked on them significantly reduces the value of the item for the robbers while also increasing the likelihood of it being found and returned. Using a postcode or a house number is a good way to mark your valuables if you aren’t planning on selling them.
Install a Security Light
Most break-ins occur at night, when intruders can spend more time sneaking into your beach hut under the cover of darkness. So, outdoor lighting can be an extremely effective deterrent. Motion sensor lights are the most effective because they do not draw attention to themselves by being on all the time but can help to deter a potential burglar. You can also consider installing a solar-powered light, removing the need to rely on any wires whilst also being more sustainable!
Have a Security Camera Installed
Installing a security camera with a field of view in front of your beach hut can act as a great. Battery motion sensor cameras are the most effective because they do not require electricity and are unlikely to be needed to film continuously throughout the day. If a break-in occurs, this is the only way to gather evidence of what took place to help with any insurance claims you might need to make. This is unquestionably a worthwhile investment.
Beach Huts in the UK
It’s estimated there are around 20,000 beach huts in the UK. Beach huts can be found in the majority of UK seaside resorts, including:
Bournemouth, Poole, Mudeford Spit, West Bexington, Lowestoft, Southwold, Walton-on-the-Naze, Abersoch, Langland Bay, Rotherslade, Rustington, St Helens, Isle of Wight, Cornwall, Brighton and Mersea Island. Beach huts are also used in other countries, such as South Africa, France, and Australia. Making sure that your beach huts are secure helps to ensure that your investments remain safe and you have somewhere to enjoy on the beach!