Car security has come a long way in the past 30 years. No longer are there stories of Vaxhuall Novas started with [redacted], or nicked Sierra Cossies being used as getaway cars. While there has been a rise in keyless car thefts in recent years, a good quality Faraday and RFID pouch should prevent that.
But what about the old-fashioned garage break-in? Thankfully there are steps you can take to keep the contents of your garage safer from sticky fingers. From the basics to high-tech solutions we've covered it all, and our friends over at MCN have even tested some of these products too, giving you the perfect peace of mind.
The best garage security
The best up-and-over garage door lock
A good quality lock is always going to go a long way to stopping some prat nicking your car and lawnmower. The Garage Defender is designed to keep up-and-over garage doors anchored down, meaning that even if the crim gets into your garage, they won't be able to get the garage door open.
Featuring a padlock that conceals the fixings and keeps the door from opening, the Garage Defender is fixed to the floor with a heavy plate and uses an upstanding bar to keep the door in place. This lock is designed for concrete floors but there are versions for tarmac and paving.
TP Link Tapo Security Camera
The best security camera for inside your garage
Catching a criminal on tape is not only a pretty good deterrent but will also help when dealing with insurance companies and the police. This security camera connects to your home Wi-Fi and will record anything dodgy.
It can be set to detect any motion and will even notify you via an app on your phone if it detects something. You can control the view via the app too and two-way audio allows you to swear at and scare thieves away. It also works with Alexa.
Blink Outdoor Wireless Camera
The best outdoor camera for your garage
Another great deterrent for would-be thieves, this outdoor camera is battery operated and records day and night. It also features motion detection, app alerts and a two-way audio feature that again can be used to scare away a potential burglar.
Yale Garage Alarm
The best garage alarm
Draw attention to your garage in the event of a break-in with this battery-operated alarm that features a noisy 100dB alarm. Fail to put the correct code in within 10 seconds of motion being detected and the noise should be enough to alert you to the crime.
LED Security Floodlight
The best simple floodlight for your garage
Crims hate being detected and powerful lighting is a great way to get them to scarper. This floodlight features a PIR sensor for detecting intruders and a powerful 100W/10,000-lumen LED lighting array to expose the trespasser and hopefully get them to run away.
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
The best smart spotlight for your garage
Own a Ring doorbell already? The 21st Century doorbell records anything suspicious and gives you up-to-the-minute updates on whether your home is being ransacked. Well, you can also get a fancy spotlight version now that will alert you to any movement and allow you to have better peace of mind.
Available as either battery (with optional solar panel) or mains operated, the Ring Spotlight can be connected to other Ring equipment to ensure your home is safe. It records in 1080p meaning any intruders should be easily identifiable, and it can be watched live from your phone. Like other cameras, it also features two-way audio and is very easy to install.