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Bike Security - Garage Door

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by ChrisKH, 13 Sep 2007.

  1. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    I have a simple up and over double garage door. Any suggestions for modification to the door or addition of products that would make the door harder to open to deter would be thieves?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    These are supposed to be good-

    http://www.saundersonsecurity.co.uk/acatalog/Garage_Defender.html

    The only problem being that it may suggest you've got the crown jewels in your garage.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Yes, I considered those Mr Paul but unfortunately the ground has a curved lip immediately outside the garage door which would make this difficult if not impossible to fit.
     
  4. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

    Location:
    London
    shooting bolt on door that slides into hole in frame
    if you're handy when it comes to DIY then a couple of mortice locks fixed into the sides on the rear side of the door. That way they do the same job as the shooting bolts but are pretty much invisible to the casual, dodgy observer
     
  5. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Try hooking one of these to the inside of the door. Seperatekey can be used to turn it off before touching the door.
     
  6. col

    col Veteran

    Because the corners can be bent up i would go for a length of wood or metal,that slots into hooks on the inside of the door,like used on big wooden doors of old.
     
  7. TimO

    TimO Veteran

    Location:
    London
    ...or don't bother trying to make the door more thief proof, just fit a ground anchor or similar and use a suitably stupidly big lock to secure your bike(s).
     
  8. Number14

    Number14 Senior Member

    Location:
    Fareham
    Got an alarm in your house? Put a sensor in the garage or, failing that, wire the garage door handle up to the mains electricity supply. :smile:
     
  9. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk

    What Tim said. Get a great big anchor and a great big lock and use them every time. Plus a motion sensor camera that emails straight to your hotmail account. If I had all this, I'd still have my downhill bike!
     
  10. MarkF

    MarkF Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    My bikes were easily stolen because I was lazy but my morobike was stolen with the following:-

    Disc locks front & rear.
    Good quality U locks through front & rear wheels.
    Front wheel chained to frame downtubes.
    Bike chained to anchored ground lock.

    Stopping them or at least making it difficult for them to gain entry is the key to bike security IMO.
     
  11. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Agree with the above, once they are through the door they have time to work on your ground anchors in private with power tools. A strong door and an alarm/camera will deter all but the most professional thief.
     
  12. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    I have a heavy steel hasp with a shielded padlock on the top of the door. The lock is bolted through the frame of the door and recessed flush with the door - when the lock is closed, any bolts are covered and the lock is cut resistant. The best bike is secured by a ground anchor.
     
  13. DLB

    DLB Senior Member

    i came back from a weekend away to find the shed door had been forced open. power tools and my cateye £45 light had gone along with a few other cycling bits but they didn't take the bikes. both were secured to the sides of teh sheds by a hasp which i got from the local DIY shop for £2 each.

    Since the break in the shed door has been reinforced, i've bought a shed alarm from B and Q (£10) and a proper anchor Master Anchor (£15 ) from Band Q also.

    oh and i've also put a sign on the shed saying it is alarmed

    Even if they break in now i doubt they'll get the bikes.
     
  14. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    I have alarms on both our sheds. They've scared the scrotes off twice so far. I've also put netting over the window.

    I'd question the value in advertising the fact that the shed is alarmed. It gives the thief time to prepare. With alarms like that B&Q one, they've only got to rip the sounder out and it will stop. If they don't know it's there then they won't be prepared to look for it when they open the door, which means it has more chance of going off.

    They might on the other hand think that the shed is linked to the house alarm and not even bother trying.
     
  15. DLB

    DLB Senior Member

    M Paul - yes i thought about the pros and cons of the sign. My thinking is that most thieves will think it is not worth the effort and go and try elsewhere.