Nowadays there is a lot of concentration on home security, but for those homeowners who also have a garage, the security level is not always what it should be. If you are investing in home security devices, then it makes sense to take care of your garage and its contents in the same way.
Garages can vary widely, and because of this they may need different security solutions to keep your vehicle, and anything you might keep in the garage, safe. So, what steps can you take to make the contents of your garage – or your shed – secure?
Make sure that you have good, low energy, dusk to dawn lighting. Proper lighting may be sufficient if you are overlooked by another property, but if you are not overlooked, consider having the following installed…
If you already have good home security, then you probably have a system with a motion sensor to detect any movement near your house. Try extending your home security so that you have a motion sensor for your garage and outbuildings, to keep your belongings safe.
If you own a battery operated personal alarm, then you could use this to protect your garage according to ERA home security. All you need to do is fasten the pull cord to your garage or shed door and fix the main part of the alarm to the building itself. If someone tries to open your shed or garage door when this is in place, the cord will move and set off the alarm.
Get security locks fitted to your garage and any other outbuildings. Many would-be burglars are put off stealing from garages that are properly locked and secured.
If you keep property, especially valuable items, in your garage, then make sure that these are permanently marked, using special ultra violet ink, with your postcode, as this could make them easier to identify if found or sold on to someone else.
Roller Shutter Doors
For maximum security, have roller shutter doors fitted to your garage. If you do decide to change the existing doors, it is best to have them fitted professionally. Make sure that any doors that are installed are certified to at least the first level of the accepted security standard. The requirements and tests for certificated doors are quite rigorous and will maximise your garage security.
If your garage has a window or windows, then you should consider contacting a specialised security expert to advise on the best protection for the building.
If you store tools and other valuable items in your garage, then use ground and wall anchors to keep these in place. Belongings that are held in place with chains are less likely to be taken should someone break into your garage.
Finally, if you already have a home alarm and security system in place, then consider extending some of this to the garage. Motion sensors and a night camera should give you an extra level of protection against break-ins.