If you already have an office and the windows and doors are not as secure as you would like, there are many additional retro-fitted locks available on the market.
All offices have valuable equipment – anything small and portable and that can be easily concealed are favourites with burglars. Laptops and mobile phone are easily removed and shouldn’t be left in the garden office overnight and they may also hold personal and commercially sensitive information.
Although it may not be practical to remove printers and computer screens on a daily basis, if you are going on holiday or will be away from the office for an extended period, consider storing them in the house. Where it is not practical to move things from the office, consider using a strong lockable box or cabinet in which you can securely store such items. Where possible, this feature should be securely fixed to a solid floor or structure to prevent easy removal.
Keep it hidden
Keep valuables out of sight by fitting blinds to the windows and doors and keep them closed when the room isn’t being used.
Mark your property
Security marking your office IT equipment using an SBD recognised forensic asset marking or etching kit is another highly effective and visible deterrent to thieves and an established method of reducing theft.
If your company provides your IT equipment you may have a policy on home working and the security of the IT equipment – be sure to find out. Check that you have adequate cover under your household insurance for theft from your garden and outbuildings, including garden offices. Some policies may not cover items that are used for work, so you may need to either extend your policy or ask your employer for cover to be included under their commercial policy.
Boundaries and access
Follow our advice on the ‘Securing your Garden’ guide and make sure that your fencing or hedging is in good condition. Ask yourself this simple question; could I get into my garden from outside? If the answer is yes, you have probably found your security weakness.
Technology which allows you to monitor your home and property has changed considerably in recent years. The Internet of Things [IOT] now includes Wi-Fi doorbells and camera systems. These can be linked to your phone and tablet to alert you to any activation and view your property in real time. The installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) which can be linked to your television or video to view your garden office is an alternative.