DOMESTIC GARAGE SECURITY

You may be aware that there have been a number of burglaries in the area where garage doors have been forced open.  These have mostly been the up and over type doors which have proven to be relatively easy to force open.  In a number of cases drills have been used to create a gap big enough to be able to put a hand or implement through to pull open the spring loaded catches or turn the handles from the inside.

To reduce your chance of becoming a victim of such a crime it is advisable to fit additional security to these doors to make unlawful entry more difficult and to help deter any would be criminal.

There are a number of options available to secure the doors depending on whether the garage has an internal door giving access into the house. These include fitting bolts or hasp and staple with padlocks to the top or bottom corners of the door either externally or internally, a ‘T’ bar type lock secured to the ground externally, a padlock restrictor again fitted externally, garage mortice locks which can be key operated from both sides of the door or padlocks on internal runners…

Stand alone alarms can also be purchased for use in garages. Most are battery powered and nearly all employ a passive infra-red movement or heat detector. If triggered they operate a sounder making it very unpleasant for the offender to be in the area and to alert you or your neighbours.

If your garage gives access to your house it is also advisable to consider fitting additional security for the internal door. This could include for example the fitting of mortice bolts to the top and bottom of the door.
Further information and advice can be obtained from the Thames Valley Police web site at www.thamesvalley.police.uk and by selecting the Crime Reduction Section.

Information on approved security products can be found at www.securedbydesign.com

Should you have any information regarding burglary or those persons committing offences you are encouraged to contact the Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on free phone 0800 555 111.

SOME EXAMPLES OF GARAGE SECURITY DEVICES
(OTHER DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE)

T BAR TYPE LOCKS

BOLT ON BRACKET & GROUND ANCHOR PADLOCKABLE BRACKET

GARAGE LOCKING BOLTS HASP AND STAPLE

PLATES WITH LOCKING ARMS REPLACEMENT SECURITY LOCK