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.
What is The Best Shed Alarm?
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Yale SAA5015 Wireless Shed and Garage Alarm Review
Yale products are the gold standard when it comes to security for our homes and property. 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 metres, has a really loud 100dB siren and comes with a brass padlock and 1290mm hasp. 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. The shed alarm is battery operated and after inserting the batteries for the first time, you simple key in a four digit code. To set the shed alarm you simply press the button 4. Once activated the motion sensor will detect any movement and sound the siren which is reassuringly loud. Deactivating is simply done by just 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!
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Defender Wireless Shed Alarm Review
Defender is another trusted brand that can be relied on 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 other than the door being opened. This function can be turned off so that the siren will only be triggered when there is movement in the door that is alarmed.
The alarm itself is 110dBs which is enough to deter any criminal from hanging around. It’s
The alarm is easy to fit and use. It comes with both screws and adhesive stickers to attach it to the door or frame. It takes AAA batteries which are not included. 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 to disarm the alarm before the siren goes off. The alarm is suitable for fitting to doors in any outbuilding or shed or even the windows and doors in your home.
This alarm is simple to use, effective and very loud. It is highly recommended by the UK police and is therefore one of the best shed alarm models to go for.
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Tech Traders Wireless Motion Sensor Alarm Review
This Tech Traders Wireless Motion Sensor Alarm has a motion sensor to detect any movement and a 105-dB siren to deter intruders. The unit is simple to use and comes with a wall mounting bracket. The shed alarm also comes with two remote controls that are used to activate and disarm the product.
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 makes the best shed alarm to suit a budget price range.
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Defender Wireless Pir Motion Sensor Alarm Review
This Defender Wireless Pir Motion Sensor Alarm has a super loud 130dB siren which is easily disarmed with the included key fob. The motion sensor is very effective without being over sensitive. It is powered by 2 AAA batteries which are included. This shed alarm also comes with a wall mounting bracket and is easily fitted in just a few minutes.
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 and high quality shed alarm that will keep your possessions safe in a shed or outhouse.
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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 with simple on and off buttons making it very easy to use.
The alarm allows a 30 second exit delay and a 5 second entry delay and emits a very loud 130db siren when activated. This shed alarm is simple to install and use and requires 4 AA batteries which are not included.
Shed Alarm Buying Guide
Theft from garden buildings is on the rise. This may be because more people use sheds for storing valuable items or because we protect our homes better and so thieves opt for softer targets. Luckily, it is easy to protect your garden building such as sheds, garages, summer houses and even caravans with a shed alarm.
Many of us have buildings in the garden that we use for storage, office space and garden rooms. 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.
If you have anything of significant value in your shed or garage, such as expensive tools, or bikes, then obviously 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 as thieves could use tools, such as ladders and hammers to access your home.
Battery operated shed alarms provide a cost-effective way to protect garden buildings and prevent the theft of valuable items such as tools, bikes and garden furniture as well as deterring thieves and preventing damage to the buildings themselves.
Many can be used free standing or are easily mounted using the fixings provided.
Many battery-operated shed alarms come with a remote control to activate and deactivate them which can be convenient as you can deactivate the alarm 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 types have a pin system which is handy if you have a tendency to lose remote controls! 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. However, if you have very valuable items in an outbuilding, such as expensive tools or a home office, then you might want to consider a more comprehensive home security system.
I have a battery-operated alarm on my shed. What other measures can I take to secure my belongings?
A shed alarm is an excellent deterrent for intruders, however, you also want to 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.
In addition, making sure the fences and gates around your garden are secure 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 and wireless security lights are very easy to set up. In addition, you can buy a sign that says ‘this shed is alarmed’ to deter criminals from attempting a break in.
You should 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. In addition, always ensure that items stored in sheds and outbuildings are covered by your home contents insurance policy for added peace of mind. You can also mark items with a special pen which will make it easier for the items to be returned to you if they are found by the police.
Can’t I use my home alarm to extend to my garage and shed?
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.
I don’t have anything of value in my shed, so an alarm might make a thief think I have something of value in there and may make them more likely to break in. Would I be better off not having an alarm?
First of all, many wireless alarms are fitted to the inside of the shed and there will not necessarily be any sign that the shed is alarmed. Secondly, while there may not be anything of value in your shed, 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.