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Any recommendations for a garage alarm? I've been looking at various ones; they're not expensive but I have an issue with the delay time before they go off. Some have 15 seconds, which seems enough to allow the scrote to smash to siren before it goes off. Others only have 4 seconds, which with my sticky up-and-over door may not give me quite long enough to cancel it before I get hit by the noise. I would have thought somewhere halfway between would be ideal.

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If you need battery powered try bt alarms. Radio not infra red remote so you can turn off before opening the door, decent battery life, and you can get additional sounders and remotes.

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Alarms. All the noise does is annoy the neighbors and a monitoring service let`s you know you have been robbed. Spend your money and time on prevention.

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I bought a yale wireless, came with usual keypad but i bought a remote for it. If you set it via the remote then there is NO delay if it is activated but obviously you can unset it via remote so sticky garage door is no issue.

Garage locks that fasten to inside of door then turn a bolt into the wall together with the visible ones which bolt to floor with shielded padlock help. It may just slow someone down but hopefully they will pick a garage without any on. A rechargeable angle grinder will get past anything but you can only try to make it secure.

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On 16/02/2018 at 10:47 PM, totty79 said:

If you need battery powered try bt alarms. Radio not infra red remote so you can turn off before opening the door, decent battery life, and you can get additional sounders and remotes.

I've just looked at the BT on a supplier website. It doesn't specifically say the remote operates by radio. It does claim it has a 50m range, but through a metal door? It's a shame I can't find one with the receiver for the remote separate from the main unit, so it could be mounted in a discrete position outside.

20 hours ago, lineaway said:

Alarms. All the noise does is annoy the neighbors and a monitoring service let`s you know you have been robbed. Spend your money and time on prevention.

I know how annoying false alarms on burglar alarms are. That's why I'm looking for something that I can be sure I won't set off accidentally myself but will be quick-acting in response to a thief. Then I'll tell the neighbours I have the alarm and they will know that if it goes off it's a genuine break-in.

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I've recently got into home automation and although I've already got an alarm, if I was starting from scratch on security, the home automation route would be the way I'd go. Buy a garage alarm and it's just that - an alarm for the garage. Spend a little more initially and you have the foundation for a load of other uses that's modular and easily expanded.

Start with a hub (I'm using the Samsung Smartthings one) and add to it as you want. Can add all manner of sensors, switches, lights, sirens etc (velcro a vibration sensor onto the bike?) and it's very easy to set up and manage with notifications to your phone if something happens.

Everything apart from the hub (which lives in the house next to your internet router) is battery operated so no dicking about with cables and because it uses Z-Wave and ZigBee wireless comms there's a multitude of compatible third party devices out there at not a huge cost. You can link devices together so, for example, a motion sensor covering the approach to the garage detects motion. That turns on a floodlight, but can also turn on lights in the house to make it look like someone is up and about and turn on the lights inside the garage. Thieving scum don't like light. if they then persist into the garage, detectors there can act like a normal alarm and sound sirens etc. Bonus is you can expand it to other areas like security for the house and heating/lighting/appliance control just by adding the right gadgets (and I like gadgets).

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I knew someone years ago who secured a large baulk of timber to swing like a battering ram if someone opened the garage door.  Unfortunately he wasn't quick enough the night he came home late and a bit befuddled from the pub without his house key and did not want to disturb his parents by climbing in a window ..............  There's worse things than a false alarm☺

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2 hours ago, 2stroke4stroke said:

 ..............  There's worse things than a false alarm☺

Which is why I'm not going to connect the door handle to the mains.

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I made a few trip mines, using .22 starting pistol blanks. Fishing line attached to stuff that needs moving for access and job's a good'un.

Very, very loud! I know it won't necessarily stop a theft but you could follow the brown trail to find the bike....

You can buy ones that use short shotgun blanks but I was advised that it would be overkill.

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