In this guide we’ll take a look at the best shed alarms for the UK market.
I’ve compared security features, build quality, noise projection and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
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This Yale SAA5015 Wireless Shed and Garage Alarm is a loud and powerful deterrent. It will alert you to the presence of intruders, whilst scaring them off in the process! It's simple to use and offers reliable results.CHECK PRICE →
Things to Know Before Buying a Shed Alarm
Theft from garden buildings is on the rise, so finding a way to protect your property is becoming increasingly important.
Luckily, it is easy to safeguard your sheds, garages, summer houses and even caravans with a shed alarm.
You’ll want to find the best shed alarm for your specific situation, so check out the following tips to help you make an informed purchase.
Many of us have buildings in the garden that we use for storage, office space, or relaxation. Using the space in our garden is a great way to extend the living space in our homes – as long as we remember to consider security.
These buildings are more vulnerable, considering their position away from the main house.
If you have anything of significant value in your shed or garage, such as expensive tools, or bikes, an alarm is vital. However, even if you don’t have anything of value in your shed it is still well worth protecting it with an alarm. Thieves could use the tools from your shed, such as ladders and hammers to access your home.
Once you have set up your alarm, many of which can be wall-mounted or freestanding, you can leave it in place.
Many battery-operated shed alarms come with a remote control, allowing you to activate and deactivate the alarm remotely. This can be convenient as you can deactivate it before entering the building. These remote controls are either wireless or radio controlled.
Of course, you will need to keep the remote control in a convenient but secure place. Other styles have a PIN system instead of a remote control. With the PIN system, you have a few seconds after entering the building to de activate the alarm.
Battery alarms emit a very loud siren which will deter opportunistic thieves and alert you to their presence.
Shed alarms are an effective deterrent, but you need to consider if they’re the right security system for your property.
If you have very valuable items in an outbuilding, such as expensive tools or a home office set-up, you might want to consider a more comprehensive home security system.
Whilst shed alarms will literally ‘sound the alarm’ and hopefully spook opportunistic thieves, there is always a chance that they will make off with something. For example, if you have a very expensive computer in your garden office, they may think it’s worth the risk. Other security systems may be able to track your stolen valuables, or film intruders, which may be more suitable.
That said, shed alarms are still very effective at keeping your outbuildings safe, especially when they house slightly less valuable items.
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Yale SAA5015 Wireless Shed and Garage Alarm Review
Yale products are the gold standard when it comes to home security. This Yale SAA5015 Wireless Shed and Garage Alarm is both simple to use and effective, providing an ideal way to protect your garden buildings.
The alarm has a range of 12 m, and a really loud 100 dB siren – both an excellent warning and deterrent. It wins top spot for the best shed alarm for the UK market.
The alarm is simple to set up and use. It can be mounted on the wall or used free standing – so it’ll be right for the job no matter what sort of space you’re looking to protect. Running off batteries, this alarm keeps things simple: after inserting the batteries for the first time, you simply choose and key in a four-digit code. Then, to set the shed alarm, you press the ‘4’ button. Once activated, the motion sensor will detect any movement and sound the siren which is reassuringly loud. Deactivating is done by keying in the code within 10 seconds of entering the building.
This Yale shed alarm is simple to use, effective and reliable. It’s the best shed alarm for the money!
This Yale SAA5015 Wireless Shed and Garage Alarm is a loud and powerful deterrent. It will alert you to the presence of intruders, whilst scaring off in the process! It’s simple to use and offers reliable results.
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Defender Wireless Shed Alarm Review
Defender is another trusted brand that can be relied upon to provide security for your home and property. This Defender Wireless Shed Alarm is designed to be fitted to a door frame, or the back of a door, and has a shock sensor that will detect any forced entry.
The shed alarm also has a vibration function to detect motion. When activated, the alarm will not only sound if the door is opened (thus breaking the alarm’s magnetic field), but also if there is unusual movement (for example, if someone were trying to force the door). This function can be turned off depending on your preferences.
The alarm itself is 110 dB which is enough to really act as a deterrent.
The alarm is easy to fit and use. It comes with both screws and adhesive stickers which can be used to attach it to the door or frame.
You set and disarm the alarm using a keypad with a four-digit code. Once armed you have 15 seconds to exit the building and, on re-entry, you have 15 seconds to enter the code and disarm the alarm.
The alarm is suitable for fitting to doors in any outbuilding or shed or even the windows and doors in your home.
It takes AAA batteries which are not included.
This alarm is simple to use, effective and very loud. It is highly recommended and has passed attack testing and is made to the Secured By Design police preferred specification.
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Tech Traders Wireless Motion Sensor Alarm Review
This Tech Traders Wireless Motion Sensor Alarm has a motion sensor to detect movement and a 105 dB siren to deter intruders.
The unit is simple to use and comes with a wall-mounting bracket.
A nice touch is that it comes with two keyring remote controls which are used to arm and disarm the alarm. This means that two people can have the power to control the alarm (i.e., no need to ask your partner where the remote is before you can go in the shed!).
The unit requires 4 AA batteries which are not included. I would advise using really good quality batteries as the standard ones I used only lasted five weeks. The second set of long-life batteries seem to be doing better.
This shed alarm offers great value for money and is definitely one of the best shed alarms if you’re on a budget.
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Defender Wireless Pir Motion Sensor Alarm Review
This Defender Wireless Pir Motion Sensor Alarm has a super loud 130 dB siren which is easily disarmed with the included key fob.
It is an understated unit which can be positioned high-up out the way using the included wall-mounting bracket. This is good for keeping the alarm discreet and out of reach from tampering.
The motion sensor is very effective without being over sensitive – you won’t need to worry about it being set off by a leaf blowing in the wind!
The shed alarm will give a warning beep if motion is detected and the has a 30 second delay before the siren goes off.
This is a durable, high-quality shed alarm that will keep your possessions safe in a shed or outhouse. If you’re keen to make sure your alarm is heard, 130 dB the loudest option in this list.
It is powered by 2 AAA batteries which are included.
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Minder MA30 MkII Mini PIR Motion Sensor Alarm Review
This Minder MA30 MkII Mini PIR Motion Sensor Alarm is activated with a remote control and keeps things simple.
The remote control is attached to a keyring, so you won’t have to worry about losing it. It has simple ‘on’/’off’ buttons making it very easy to use.
The alarm allows a 30 second exit delay and a 5 second entry delay. Considering you deactivate it using a remote control, and not a time-consuming PIN, this is really all the time you need.
It emits a very loud 130 dB siren when activated – it’s certainly enough to sufficiently spook the majority of thieves and opportunists!
It’s simple to use and install, and requires 4 AA batteries which are not included.
Shed Alarm FAQ
A shed alarm is an excellent deterrent for intruders. There are some other measures you can take to secure your outbuildings:
- Make sure your shed is secured with a heavy-duty padlock and hasp that are difficult to remove with bolt cutters. Ensure that the hinges on your shed door are well made, too.
- Make sure the fences and gates around your garden are secure. This will help prevent thieves from getting access to your garden in the first place.
- Motion triggered security lighting provides another excellent deterrent to protect your property. Wireless security lights are very easy to set up.
- Finally, you can buy a sign that says ‘this shed is alarmed’ to deter criminals from attempting a break in.
Avoid storing very expensive items in a shed or outbuilding. These should be stored indoors or in a secure garage, preferably with a wired alarm. Always ensure that items stored in sheds and outbuildings are covered by your home contents insurance for added peace of mind. You can also mark items with a special UV pen which will make it easier for the items to be returned to you if they are found by the police.
Yes, a home security system can be extended to cover sheds and outbuildings, but this can be an expensive option. An outbuilding may need to be in a different zone from your home so that it can be secured even when you are at home during the day. Often a standalone alarm is a simpler more cost-effective option.
Many wireless alarms are fitted to the inside of the shed and there will not be any sign that the shed is alarmed. Additionally, you should still install an alarm if there is anything in the shed that could be used to assist a break in to your home, for example, ladders, hammers and other heavy tools.