Burglary #1 - from a joining but external garage, whilst we were in the house. Alarm not set (landlords didn't think it was important to tell us how to set the garage) and locks not locked - I didn't think they'd burgle if we were in. They tore open the garage door and cleaned us out.
Burglary #2 - different house, owned by us this time, in an internal garage. Lifted the bottom of the door up (making a great big noise that woke us up) and tried to grab a bike before scarpering. The bikes were locked so they got away with nothing apart from the satisfaction of giving me fear as I drift off to sleep.
- Electric (cos it's more secure, not cos it's flash) Hormann sectional door that apparently is tough to break into
- Massive Almax chain - £350 but it was for 6 bikes, and tbh peace of mind is invaluable. Almax chains don't look like much on the website until you see how massive they are. I have 4m of it and it's about as much as I can lift. So I reckon it weighs easily 80kg.
- Got the burglar alarm set up so that we can alarm the garage on its own
- Also got another sensor in there so that we can have the police response set up. Again, not cheap but it's worth it for us.
The door could be smashed in probably (but not levered up due to its design) and the chain ground through maybe, but the fuzz should be on their way by that point. In any case, hopefully the above will deter the kind of scumbag kids that are rolling about if not a hardcore pro thief.