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Offline dummer

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How do you secure your garage
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:35:25 am »
I am going to store my tools, motorbike and a car in my friend's garage while I downsize my living space (work requires me to be away for at least 7 months in total next year)
Being on the other side of Auckland from where I live (East vs West), I don't think I'll go there often( at most once a month).
The garage has been broken into a couple of time in the past, how can I make it more secure?

Layout of the garage is typical standalone single garage with manual flip up door and access door on the side of the garage. Two side of the garage have windows(full front to rear).
Planning to install some deadbolt on the garage door instead of just relying on the center turn handle lock
Tint out the windows
Setup web cam??

Thanks in advance

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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2017, 11:32:20 am »
Have a chat to your insurance company. You'll probably find they won't cover your tools under your normal contents policy as they're away from your residence for an extended period. They may be able to add your friends address to your policy.

You can make the garage more secure with deadlocks etc, and definitely block the windows with curtains or something. However if someone is determined they'll get in regardless.
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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2017, 08:40:37 pm »
It is pricey, but have you thought about a storage facility?
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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2017, 11:01:08 pm »
Have been involved in the security industry for many years the answer is... given enough time not much is really secure.

My recommendation would be to make the exterior as anonymous as possible with cheap plywood over the windows and as much of the walls as possible.

Secure the big door with at least 2 padlocks fitted to the floor to stop it opening and the side door with better locking as well.

Evidence of an alarm may or not make much difference.

Would suggest remove the car and bike wheels and store elsewhere if you can... otherwise lock them in our under the car.

Tools in a padlocked steel box  and bolted to the ground is pretty standard.

Basically don't make theft easy,

You may deter the opportunist thief but if they really want it it will be gone.

Offline dummer

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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2017, 10:43:28 am »
Checked with my insurance because my friend is living inside the house, they suggest me to add the toolbox into their content insurance and update my bike/car insurance address.

I had a quick look at storage unit, they suggest to hire a smaller unit (3x3 but still depend on the door opening) plus car park which then make it quite expensive.

Lee: I understand "security" is just to make it less tempting for someone to put in the effort. Does monitored alarm worth it? or just get more locks? thinking of adding IP cameras but then again not sure how effective they are.
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Offline Lee

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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2017, 01:30:48 pm »
Electronic security devices are useful as a deterrent but monitored value depends on the speed of getting someone there plus the cost of callouts.

 Physical security is just basic common sense....such as putting  plywood over the windows and not curtains

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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2017, 01:44:10 pm »
I would:
  • Plywood over windows.
  • Deadbolts on big door with big padlocks (you could even deadbolt from inside so they have to get in first before cutting locks to open the big door).
  • Deadbolts on normal door with big padlocks.
  • If possible, lock tools in the boot of the car so at least they are not visible.
  • Remove wheels off car - you could sit the car on the wheels to make them slightly harder to get to.
  • Chain motorcycle to something that can't be easily moved.
  • Get a WiFi camera. My mate has one of these and it will send a push notification to his phone when movement is detected -
    https://www.amazon.com/NETATMO-Presence-Security-Detection-NOC01-US/dp/B01L25GOGA
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Offline dummer

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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2017, 06:38:44 pm »
Since my friend is living next door, don't think putting ply wood on the windows is a good idea. (at least I don't know how to make it look good)

I think I'll try get someone in to re-inforce the door frame and add some dead bolt on both the garage door and side door.

my tool box is 84 inches long... so I guess only way is to try chain it with the motorcycle to a ground anchor and add some cameras around the garage and house.

Looked at monitored alarm ranging from $25~40/mth so I may go down this route (Lee: Do you have any recommendation on who to go to?)

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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2017, 07:23:43 pm »
No sorry

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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2017, 09:59:02 pm »
Window tints are a good alternative to plywood.

Plywood just makes it that little teeny bit harder to smash.
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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2017, 10:19:59 pm »
What's the garage construction, eg tin garage, and is it in suburban area with neighbours around it?

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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2017, 10:30:14 am »
West Auckland town house stand alone weather board wooden frame garage.

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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2017, 10:13:53 pm »
I'll send you a pm. Long, boring.

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Re: How do you secure your garage
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2017, 07:39:37 am »
a little sticker with, 88 , on it ...  :)

but u didn't hear it from me ...  ;)

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