There have been a number of incidents across Newport Pagnell recently where garage doors have been forced open. These have mostly been the up and over type doors which have proven to be relatively easy to force open using bodily pressure (simply pushing the door open), use of a small bar or similar implement to prise open the locking point or the side of the door or by breaking the actual door handle itself thereby releasing the lock.
It is advisable to fit additional security to these doors to make unlawful entry more difficult and to help deter any would be criminal. Options include fitting bolts or hasp and staple with padlocks to the top or bottom corners of the door either externally or internally, a ‘T’ bar type lock secured to the ground externally, a padlock restrictor again fitted externally, garage mortice locks which can be key operated from both sides of the door or internal runner padlocks.
Stand-alone alarms can also be purchased for use in garages. Most are battery powered and nearly all employ a passive infra-red movement or heat detector. If triggered they operate a deafening sounder making it very unpleasant to be in the area.
If your garage gives access to your house it is also advisable to consider additional security for the internal door. This could include for example the fitting of mortice bolts to the top and bottom of the door.
Further information and advice can be obtained from the Thames Valley Police web site at www.thamesvalley.police.uk and by selecting the Crime Reduction Section.