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Garage Security

Whatever you store in your garage, make it more secure by following our advice. Try fitting a pair of good quality bolts to either side of the bottom of your garage door. We recommend that you fix these using coach bolts that cannot be tampered with from outside. Also use a good quality closed shackle padlock. Fitting locks too high up on a door will not be secure enough.

Garage Door blueUp-and-over manual vehicle access doors:

  • There are also many specially designed garage door locks that you can fit to the floor. This will also prevent the door being lifted from the bottom.
  • A single lock fitted to the bottom centre of the door may not prevent the corners from being bent over, especially on older doors. Consider fitting locks to both sides of the door. Make sure it doesn't interfere with your car's wheels.

Double leaf doors:

  • Make sure that your door is in good condition and the frame is fixed to the structure. Repair or renew rotten wood or consider replacing the door completely.
  • Use coach bolts on external hinges to prevent them being unscrewed.
  • Drop bolts fitted to the bottom of the door will not only prevent the door swinging back when open, but will add some extra reinforcement to the door when bolted shut.
  • If your doors have glazing, consider installing bars behind them.

Automatic garage doors:

  • Do not carry out any work on automatic garage doors without consulting the manufacturer. Extra work may void any warranty and could cause the door to malfunction.
  • The minimum standard for automatic doors is LP S 1175 and rated SR1 or higher or ST S 202 (BR1.)

Integral garage pedestrian doors:

  • The integral garage door of modern properties is usually a fire door but is not usually secure.
  • We do not recommend carrying out any work on a fire door as it may affect its performance.
  • We recommend using an accredited trades person to replace the complete door set with one manufactured to PAS24-2012.

Additional advice:

  • Tools should be kept locked away. The use of a steel box fitted to the floor would deter any theft.
  • If your car is in the garage it makes it harder for the thief to move around to find your property.
  • Ladders should be locked away or securely chained and padlocked to a strong post or wall.

Choosing an Installer

We recommend that you use manufacturers and installers accredited by Secured by Design and locksmiths who are members of the Master Locksmith's Association

When selecting a product or installer with Secured by Design, check which of their products carry the accreditation.