Many people are concerned about garden office security, they worry that sheds are common targets for burglaries, and being located away from the main house they are difficult to keep an eye on, and whilst these are fair arguments quality garden offices are designed to be as secure as your house.
If you have read other sections of this guide you will be aware that garden offices are built like houses using the same materials and building techniques, whilst garden offices are often called ‘posh sheds’ they are nothing like the flimsy structure where you might keep your lawnmower, which is an easy picking for a burglar.
House quality doors & windows
95% of the garden office designs sold in the UK use the same door and window units used on houses, these units are fitted with the latest multi-point locking systems which make them very secure. Opening garden office windows are normally fitted with locking handles which means the window cant be opened unless the lock has been disengaged, because of the multi-point locks the window is difficult to open from the outside.
Some suppliers choose windows that have the glazing bars on the inside of the frame. When we say the glazing bars we mean the strips that hold the glass in the frame, these are added once the window has been glazed and could in theory be removed and the glass taken out of the frame to gain access to the building. If the bars are on the inside of the window this would be difficult to do.
Its not uncommon for a garden office to have multiple doors, whether this is a pair of French doors or a run of 5 bi-fold doors, each door will have its own locking system to make them less vulnerable with locks bolting into the top, bottom and horizontally into the frame.
Multi layer walls
Some people feel that a garden office will be easy to break into because of its timber construction, but unlike sheds which have a thin timber skin, garden offices are made up from a series of layers, creating a thick structure that is difficult to penetrate, a burglar would need to be equipped with several types of tool to break through the walls of a garden office.
Garden offices can be fitted with alarms
Just like your house, a garden office can be fitted with a security alarm system, in fact several suppliers offer alarm system packages. These systems fit sensors on doors and windows and at key points within the office. They are controlled by a keypad which you set as you leave the building, if the office is broken into the alarm is triggered. Depending on the system you choose the alarm can be connected to a security center which will notify the police if there is a problem, other systems will notify you by phone, text or email. There are also systems that you can control from your smartphone.
Keep an eye on the office
You could go as far as setting up a CCTV system to monitor your garden office, there are lots of systems available, with all different budgets – you can even controls some systems with your smart phone! CCTV would give you images of activity going on around and within the office when you are not there and could be useful if your garden office is sited a long way from the main house.
We discuss insurance for a garden office in our later in this guide, but you will want to ensure that both the structure and the contents of your office are covered, its not safe to assume you will be covered on your main household policies.