My garage is old. How can I beef up security?
Spencer Hart replies:
This is a great question, as even the humble garage hasn’t escaped the smart home revolution. As such, we’ve got some great products in mind to make your garage more secure and practical. First thing we’ll focus on is getting in and out. You can now get motorised garage doors that can be controlled with your smartphone, and even come with IFTTT or Alexa integration. If you don’t fancy completely replacing your garage door, we’d suggest the MyQ from Chamberlain, which, for £99, can be retrofitted to your existing system.
While you’re there, also fit a window and door sensor. Every time the door is opened when it shouldn’t be, you’ll get a notification. The brand of sensor depends on what smart home security system you already have installed in your home, but we recommend Hive and Samsung SmartThings.
If you get a notification that your garage has been broken into, you can check up on the activity using the Canary All-In-One Security Camera (£ 149). It’s not the most attractive security camera, but it has a bloody loud siren to scare off any car thieves.
Finally, the ultimate piece of garage tech has to be Tesla’s Powerwall 2. This rechargeable lithium-ion battery can store electricity from a solar generator (or from the grid overnight, when energy is cheaper). The stored energy can then be used either when electricity is more expensive, or as an emergency backup supply.