Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Security measures for garden offices

This is a guest post by Tom Brialey, founder of Action Storage.

As a result of the country’s ongoing lockdown, garden office workers are no longer in the minority of Britain's workforce. As the need to complete professional duties from the comfort of a remote working station continues, home workers across the country are embracing the advantages of investing in a dedicated garden office.

Today, we’re exploring some essential security considerations and safeguards for anyone just starting out as a shed or garden room worker, and sharing guidance for those looking to upgrade their garden office space.

Review your security cameras 

With CCTV thought to be a deterrent to those who are considering committing a crime, this should be a key consideration if you’re looking to level up your garden security. If you already have CCTV installed, now’s the time to ensure that your equipment actually works - so consider carrying out maintenance checks on all of your cameras.

Next, you’ll want to ensure they’re actually covering key areas. If possible, make sure any entrances and windows are covered by your cameras, in the hopes that would-be-thieves will think twice about approaching your property.

Check your windows and doors 

Whether you’re turning your shed into a home office or you’ve built a room specifically to serve these needs, one thing you’ll need to consider is the reliability of the windows and doors. This is especially important for older buildings.

Safety may not have been top of your priority list when your shed housed garden tools and plants, but, with your expensive tech tucked away inside, you’ll want to make sure your doors and windows are properly secured. Start by checking the seals of each window in your garden room and make sure that they close properly. After this, for windows and doors that have locks, make sure to establish that these still work as they should. If you’re keen to ensure your garden office is as airtight as possible, it’s well worth considering upgrading to double glazed windows and doors for added protection.

Consider your alarm options 

Outside buildings are often overlooked when it comes to security, making them a tempting target for criminals. Alarmed doors and windows are a great way to provide you with peace of mind that you’ll be alerted, should anyone try to get into your garden office without your permission. So, to ensure you find the right products for you, identify the best option for your needs before you buy.

If you want to take your alarm system one step further, you could look into motion sensor alarms. These are designed to detect changes in motion within the area they cover - so you could activate them once you’re finished in that area of garden for the day and know you’re not likely to trigger them yourself. You’ll want to think carefully about this, though, as the last thing you want is a bird or cat triggering the alarm every evening.

Invest in lockable storage

If your garden building is separate to the rest of your house, you’ll probably want to think about how to keep items that stay in this building overnight safe - and this is where it could be worthwhile exploring your storage options for any high-end items that will be permanently left inside the shed or garden room. For laptops, voice assistants and other small tech or stationery items, secure storage lockers with lock pads are the ideal solution. This way, you can safely lock away any expensive items and rest assured that they’ll remain out of harm’s way overnight - as well as being protected from any potential water damage, should the garden room spring an unexpected leak.

On top of all of this, there are a couple of other measures you can take to keep your garden room as safe as possible. These include things like keeping valuables out of sight and asking a neighbour to keep an eye on your house and garden room if you’re out of town. With these essential security measures in place, you can enjoy a safe and productive garden office environment for as long as is needed.
Tuesday posts are sponsored by Garden Spaces, suppliers of contemporary garden buildings, offices, gyms and studios, many of which do not require planning

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