At least one computer, two screens, a mini-server, an occasional laptop, a priceless Cuban cigar collection – my shed (a work in progress), will probably contain all of these things. Um, except the cigars. And it won’t be practical to remove all the equipment on a daily basis. Naturally, everything will be insured – and its actual worth is small. However, should the shed get burgled, the inconvenience of needing to restore it all would be painful.Please do share your security solutions in the comments below.
I’m struggling to sex this topic up (which is probably why Alex suggested I guest post!) but: alarms? Does your shed have one?
I’m considering two options:
(i) wiring the shed into our house alarm – which is monitored and alerts the police
Pros: one system, as secure as the house when on holiday
Cons: potentially expensive as must be done professionally, would involve setting zones when at home (but not in shed)
(ii) fitting an external alarm
Cons: not as secure as the house, need to remove high-value stuff when away for an extended time, relies on kindly neighbours to alert someone if it goes off and you’re not at home
Although I’m yet undecided, I’m leaning towards the second option. I’m a homeworker (soon to be a shedworker). I’m here a lot. If it goes off while I’m asleep/in the house, I figure I’ll hear it. If I’m out, well, the neighbours have my mobile number. So, given this, what do I want out of an alarm?
a) a visual deterrent – which means an outside box
b) one PIR, one door sensor (in fact, the PIR alone should do it)
b) the ability to set it remotely from outside the shed which means a wireless keypad and/or keyfob (ideally both)
There are numerous packages out there which will suit me but the challenge seems to be in finding one small (and cheap!) enough to suit needs. Most systems are intended for houses and hence contain numerous PIRs, door sensors, etc. that you won’t need. Yale have just updated their standalone series which nattily wirelessly transmits a signal to a mini siren in house/flat, which then sounds. Cheapish at £50 at Argos. But it fails my wish for an outside box and truth be told, I’d rather the alarm were going off on the shed than muffled in the house. Still, it will undoubtedly suit some.
Staying with Yale, you could try and pick up a cheap HSA3200 (or similar), which is around the same price on eBay, or if you’re quick, there’s one here. This full system includes an outside box, keyfob, 1 PIR and 1 door detector. So it ticks most of my boxes above. The main advantage of this unit is that it’s expandable with HSA3000 and the current model HSA6000 accessories, which are readily available on eBay. So, adding a wireless keypad (for backup when that keyfob goes missing…) would be around £20.Otherwise, there are similar options that exist among the larger alarm makers, e.g. Friedland. And for around £150 or so, you can pick up systems such as this one at Secure Home Direct that take a sim card, dialling/texting you so, at worst, you know you’re being robbed.
Or you handy types could of course just try this if you have three minutes spare...
Friday, March 27, 2009
We welcome regular Shedworking reader Nicholas Tims as today's guest poster on an important subject for all shedworkers: security.
Posted by Alex Johnson at 10:04 AM