Have You Got a Secure Garage Door? IKS Garage Security Top Tips
At IKS Locksmiths we are MLA approved lock specialists operating in London and in particular North London. We are qualified and experienced in fitting, opening and changing all lock types.
We have noticed that many people aren’t too concerned with garage security and don’t give it the attention it warrants.
If you do have a garage and consider the contents you may find the value really adds up. These are just some of the items that people store in their garage;
- Freezer / fridge
- Camping gear
- Baby equipment
- Sports equipment
- Lawn mowers
- Golf clubs
The list goes on…..
Loss of these items may not seem as significant as the loss of jewellery or other items in the home but if they did go missing it would cause you significant inconvenience, expense and annoyance, enough to make it well worthwhile investing in appropriate garage security locks.
We have noticed that garages and lock ups are being targeted in the Enfield and Barnet areas. We have had an increase in calls from these areas in the last few weeks. Burglary trends seem to come in waves. Intruders are increasingly taking advantage of the fact that garages present an opportunity of easy access and often some high value items.
Last week we attended an emergency call out in the Hendon area where 4 Bicycles and valuable camping equipment were stolen from a poorly secured garage. This could have been easily prevented easily with a reasonably low cost lock.
Its not just the contents of the garage that are at risk, you should consider if your garage allows access to your home or back garden allowing intruders to easily enter your home from a more concealed back entrance. Tools from the garage have the potential be used to gain access to your house.
Garage types most at risk are those hidden from street view such as;
- Block garages away from residential view
- Garages that are set back from the front of the house
- Garages that give access to the back garden
- Attached garages that have a door leading into the house
High quality appropriate garage door security locks are a must when it comes to securing a garage. It’s not just garage door security that needs to be addressed it’s also important to consider the possibility of intruder access via garage windows. Garage window locks are just as important as a good garage door security lock.
The garage security required varies in each individual case. It will depend on the style of garage doors you have. A typical ‘up and over’ garage door lock may not be sufficient if you are storing high value items. In this case additional door bolts may be required to give you extra security. Another way of achieving increased security is to install a garage defender which is fitted along the ground and restricts the opening. This can make a great difference.
These are the types of garage lock you may wish to consider;
- External door locks
- Internal door locks to your home – particularly on fire doors which are not designed with security in mind.
- Systems that lock items to the floor or walls – such as machinery or bikes.
It may take just suitable garage door locks but in some situations where further security is required security garage doors need to be considered. This is usually in high risk areas or where the contents of the garage are high value items. These doors have an edge over a garage door lock when it comes to making life hard for intruders. They are an excellent deterrent. Roller shutters and up and over security doors are the most secure form of garage door security. It is important to add a garage door lock to these doors to secure them properly.
A professional Master Locksmith will advise you on which garage locks are necessary for your specific property and the area you live in. A trustworthy locksmith will help you establish the minimum requirements and offer you a range of options to cater for different budgets.
IKS Locksmiths would welcome the opportunity to provide you with a free security survey of your property. Please do call us with any questions, we will be happy to help.