Security When Turning A Shed Or Garage Into A WorkshopWritten by Alex under General, Heaters, Weather Stations | No Comments
You might have come to our website because you’re thinking of converting a shed or garage into a workshop and you’re thinking about how you’re going to heat it so that it’s comfortable to work in all year round. If that’s you, welcome!
However, the blog this week isn’t going to be about panel heaters, patio heaters or industrial space heaters. This week I wanted to talk about security. In the news recently we’ve been hearing about thefts of the lead off church roofs, trains being thrown into chaos because cabling has been pinched which made the local rail system work and as many as 20,000 gas cylinders being stolen in the past year.
If you’re thinking of converting an out-building into a workshop it’s logical that you’re going to have valuable materials and equipment out there that you need to look after and a padlock attached to a hasp that you found at the garden centre.
Security’s not just about putting the biggest locks on the doors and windows, it’s about discretion; if you’ve got it, don’t flaunt it! It might seem like a good idea to keep the garage doors open if you’re working in the summertime but anyone passing will be able to see all the tools and machinery you’ve got in there displayed like a hardware store. If your work is hot and dusty think about other forms of ventilation instead.
The location of an existing garage or built outhouse can’t really be changed but if you’re putting up a new shed you’re going to have to balance accessibility with visibility. Putting it up somewhere out of the way means that you’re going to have trouble accessing it, put it somewhere visible and it could attract attention. Again, discretion, a new shed with a storming great padlock is likely to attract more attention than your average potting shed. A garden shed, built of wood, isn’t likely to stand up for long against a couple of determined thieves. You might lock the doors and have a grille over the window but the trouble is that it’s reasonably simple to take a wall or the roof off instead. When you’re putting up a shed, make sure you use the sturdiest materials you can and reinforce everything, such as hinges, locks and all the corners where two panels meet.
Because of the layout and construction of a shed the hinges are usually on the outside meaning that any screws are likely to be exposed. Replace ordinary screws with one way security screws and the thieves can’t just take the hinges off. If your shed comes with a lock it will be the cheapest available, replace it with a good quality lock and hasp arrangement. Make sure that you fit the hasp correctly so that when the lock is in place all the screws are covered or, again, thieves could simply unscrew the lock from the door.
Because of the materials used in building a shed, a determined reprobate isn’t going to stop until they’re in. So you should also fit an alarm. A motion sensor attached to security lights and sonic alarm will encourage any thieves to leave as quickly as possible. These too are available from most hardware stores. They can be armed and disarmed remotely so you don’t need to worry about setting it off every time you open the door yourself.
The same advice in regard to doors and alarms is just as true for garages too.
When you’re turning your garage from a car cupboard into a workshop it’s a good idea to replace existing windows with better quality glazing and put a grille over them. As for the door, this is often the weakest point of any garage. You’ll like the easy access but garage doors are often flimsier than you would imagine, a garage defender, fitted internally, can improve the security in your workshop phenomenally.