Working from home is still a popular option for many. Having a garden office is appealing as it provides a dedicated space ideal for quality work life balance. But as we move to a more hybrid style of working home office security is more important than ever, with concerns around garden offices especially.
As garden offices are usually situated at a distance from the main house and contain valuable equipment and confidential information. Garden offices are designed to be as secure as houses, however many are still concerned about their security. There are several things you can do to secure your workspace further.
Finding the right locks to secure your garden office
Having high quality locks on your garden office is vital to keeping it secure. There are a range of locks available on the market, all offering different levels of security. Finding the right lock for your garden office space can greatly increase its security. Anti-snap or snap safe cylinders offer varying levels of security, with cutting edge features to combat cylinder snapping amongst other attacks. Anti-snap locks are made of high security euro lock cylinders, designed and tested to protect against a thief from breaking the lock.
Digital locks are another quality lock solution. Digital Locks can easily prevent walk-in-thieves from entering your garden office space. The digital encryption of these types of locks are highly difficult to break or duplicate. Unlike loosing a key for a standard lock, the loss of a digital lock key isn’t a problem. The access for the lost key can simply be removed from the locks system, in some cases this can be done remotely.
How can an alarm system help secure your garden office
Installing an advanced intruder alarm system is an effective way to deter intruders. Knowing a home has an alarm system is often enough to deter burglars. Alarm systems provide easy to monitor sensors that notify you and/or the police of any break ins. Alarm systems consist of a connection of sensors, located within the secured space, that monitor movement. These motion sensors send a notification when triggered.
The benefits of installing a CCTV system in your garden office
Garden offices are often a distance from the main house, making them hard to keep an eye on. Installing CCTV cameras can provide security for your garden office space and deter burglars. CCTV cameras capture images and videos that can be viewed in real time or recorded for later viewing- helping to identify culprits and support criminal investigations.
There are a range of CCTV cameras on the market that offer different features for securing your garden office. These features include Smart Infra-Red night vision, Remote viewing for iPhone or Android, and Digital recordings with smart search. The use of CCTV can decrease crime up to 51%, compared to areas which aren’t monitored.
If you are hoping to purchase CCTV for the first time, there are several cost-effective systems you can install. For those wishing to upgrade their current CCTV installing a backwards compatible system means you don’t have to replace all your existing cameras at once. This offers a more cost effective and easy to upgrade solution.
Practical tips for keeping your garden office secure
External home security is equally as important as internal measures, such as CCTV and locks. Thieves often scope out properties before deciding to commit burglary. Tall spiky bushes or high fences around your garden can provide cover for your garden office and make it harder for intruders to break into your garden. Opposingly, keeping hedges or garden accessories between your home and garden office low provides a clear line of sight between the two spaces. Keeping any coverings low also stops thieves from having a screen to work behind.
Removing or securing your valuables makes your garden office less desirable for burglars. Both cash safes and fire safes offer security for your valuables, as well as peace of mind that they are safe from the elements.
Depending on the level of security you are looking for window grilles or bars and high-security doors can provide enhanced security if required.
At Halls Locksmiths we can undertake a home security survey for your home to expertly advise you on the best methods to secure your home. Our security solution experts want to provide you with the most honest advice and the best products to help you protect your garden office space. We are happy to help with anything you need to provide you with the peace of mind you deserve.