My garage is old. How can I beef up se­cu­rity?

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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.

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