Tenants have been warned that padlocks can lead to thieves forcing their way through doors and windows of the council-owned sheds to steal garden equipment.
Bristol City Council claims its 'Don't Use a Padlock' initiative will save taxpayers' money because fewer sheds will have to be repaired or replaced.
Its guide reads: "Don't padlock your shed; it can save the shed being damaged if someone does try to get into it.
"If there is a break-in, always inform the police."
Article here. I suppose the council's next bright idea will be to leave your homes and cars unlocked, because the crooks will only find a way to break in anyway. But remember, kids: "If there is a break-in, always inform the police."