If you work from home but find it hard to work effectively in your house, you may have decided to buy a large garden shed and convert it into a home office. You've spent your time so far choosing the right shed design and size; you've also modified the shed to make it comfortable and work-ready.
Before you move in, however, you need to think about the shed's security. Your new office is more vulnerable than your home, and you may need to take steps to make it a safe environment for your equipment, files and work gear.
What do you need to do to make the office secure?
Does the Shed Have a Lock?
Some sheds don't come with locks at all; others have simple locking mechanisms like a latch for a padlock. While a padlock may be enough to protect garden furniture and equipment, it isn't much help if you have valuable computer equipment in your portable office.
Padlocks are easy to break or force open, so consider upgrading your lock to make it more secure. Even if your shed came with a regular lock with a key, think about how robust this lock will be if someone tries to break into the shed.
Typically, shed manufacturers don't go beyond the basics when they install locks. An experienced burglar can get through a door with a basic lock quite easily.
Do Your Windows Open?
Even if you're putting electricity into your portable office, you'll have wanted as much natural light coming in as you can get. So, you may have bought a shed with windows. If you want the option of getting a cool breeze on hot days, then you'll have chosen windows that open rather than stay shut all the time.
These windows aren't likely to have locks on them; however, they are another easy access point for intruders. It doesn't take much to break a window and open it from the outside to get into your office. You may not hear this happening if your office isn't close to your house.
So if your windows do open, then it's worth installing locks on them. These locks make it harder for intruders to get into your office this way.
If you aren't sure how to change or install secure locks, call out a mobile locksmith. They can take a look at your office on site and make suggestions on how to beef up your security.
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