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Garage Security

Graham Smith

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If you ever had doubts as to whether to install additional security devices in your garage, you might be interested to hear what happened to a mate of mine.

He recently advertised his motorcycle (non Vincent) for sale, and someone came to view it (the only person). The deal was struck, and the following day, the guy came back with the cash and took the bike away - perfectly genuine.

The following night, while my mate and his girlfriend were in bed, someone who obviously knew the bike was there, got under his van (which was blocking the garage door), then cut the brake cables, rolled the van back, drilled out the door lock, somehow lifted two security bolts, then opened the garage door - only to find that the bike wasn't in there.

It's incredible the lengths that some people will go to steal your pride and joy.

One thing I always do is to make sure nobody is following me before I get home. If there's a car on my tail, I just go 'around the block' to see if they're following me or a it's just a coincidence.

However, maybe I'll install some extra security on my garage now.

Has anyone got any experience of these?... http://www.screwfix.com/prods/79478...Security/Garage-Door-Security/Garage-Defender
 
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Ian Savage

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I've got one these (or very similar) on a rented lock up with standard up and over door, no bikes in there just the trailer and 'domestic' stuff. No breakins as yet but maybe not enough motive for the b......ds to try.
 

ogrilp400

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Security Devices

The problem with all the security devices is that you spend every day for years having to secure and unsecure your property for the maybe one time that some low life might help himself to it. I'm not saying it shouldn't be done its just that its so frustrating and troublesome. It seems that no matter what steps you take, there is always some scum bag that goes one step further.
My last shed was barred out and locked down with movement sensors and alarms. Cost me a bit and I lost all that effort and expense to the ex wife. Now I can not afford to do it again. Come to think of it, the statistics are that you run a greater chance of loosing your possessions to your (ex)wife than you do to a thief. (is there a difference?).

Phelps.
 

deejay499

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Graham. I used a similar T lock on the outside for many years. I liked the idea that it can be seen and would have to be attacked from outside with a sledge hammer or the like as it is buried in the concrete. `Comet` has locking bolts inside which I think are also a great way to go, though you do need a secure side door, which he has. DJ
P.S. Don`t forget this is a public access site and names should not be given.
 

nkt267

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P.S. Don`t forget this is a public access site and names should not be given
Why are more of these topics not posted on the club secure side of the site.
John
 

ossie

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locks

with a petrol powered block paving cutters nothings safe.
my freind rolled his bike forward on to his disc lock and could not unlock with the key as it distorted it,it was outside his house opposite mine so i got my angle cutter out and in 2 minutes it was off? this was supposed to be thief proof as well
plastic doors and windows are no match for a small blowlamp either.
just get a large dog and tether it to your bike [but do water and feed it].

OSSIE
 

Graham Smith

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I can't visualize how that Screwfix device secures the door.

It doesn't fix to the door, it fixes to the ground, so that when it's in place it prevents the door being opened.

I think they're more usually found used on 'up and over' garage doors.
 

Graham Smith

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Why are more of these topics not posted on the club secure side of the site.
John

When I started this thread, it was only 'for information' and subsequently didn't contain any information that couldn't be given to 'non members'.
 

nkt267

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When I started this thread, it was only 'for information'
This wasn't meant as a criticism of you Graham. I sometimes feel that the Rose and Crown forum is used more because it is at the top of the screen and that the Members Forum is overlooked as it is below the divider.
I have also felt that in the past that the Rose and Crown has not been the best place for some threads as they are more the domain of the 'Club'..John
 
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Graham Smith

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Stuart Metcalfe or I can always move threads into different forums if necessary.

I do, and have moved threads in the past, but if I miss anything, please don't hesitate to let either of us know, and we can move it without too much fuss!
 

nkt267

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Anyway,back to garage security.I found a length of scaffolding padlocked into 2 large eyes 1 each side of the door stops anyone crashing through your up and over door..john
 

pifinch

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I was convinced by the John Stalker ads for unbeatable security, apparently if anyone tries to break into my garage, the rest of the house will fall down first, I think I am reassured by this, my nationwide door should resist the attack from a jcb teleporter, (however, anyone with a bluetooth "grabber" has easy access to a wide range of dysfunctional v twins)
 

bmetcalf

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Is an up and over door a single plane that pivots from vertical to horizontal above the car? Most US doors are articulated 12" wide sections. The device must block the lower edge of the door from pivoting out from the closed position.
 

donrapide

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Any security is good, however even the best is of no avail, if as reported on another forum this happens.

It was a car in fact that was desirable, it was locked in a garage, alarmed with a truck parked tight up against the door.

On answering the door one night he found three men, one with sawn off shotgun saying 'move the f****** truck'.

This is not dissimilar to the often reported cases when one burglar threatens you and the other ransacks the house, also the cases when they steal the keys to the valuable car, parked outside, from inside the house.

Sorry to be so dismal but there are determined and violent criminals out there, it would be better to lose your bike rather than be badly hurt.
 

Tnecniv Edipar

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If they're that determined they could have it !!! There are some very high tech deterrents available now though , which would leave the culprits with a long lasting tell tale !!!
 

ogrilp400

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Repercussions

Loosing the bike can hurt you just as bad......mentally. If any "tell tales" are left on the culprit then the law comes down harder on the motor vehicle owner.
 

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