What To Look For in a Shed Alarms
If you’re looking for a simple, low-cost system, choose an alarm that deactivates using a code. These tend to be reasonably priced and only require one-button activation.
Code alarms allow multiple people to deactivate the alarm, making it a good choice for households.
You’ll have the option of four-digit, six-digit and-eight digit alarms. Four digit codes are the least stressful to remember and deactivate, but you may prefer a longer code.
If you’re concerned about the alarm being vandalised, choose one with remote control deactivation instead. These can be placed out of the way, preventing any destruction from intruders. Remote-control models are also the best shed alarms if you want stress-free deactivation. Given that you’re only required to press a single button, they’re easier to deactivate within the alarm’s grace period compared to other alarms.
Generally speaking, the alarm should be over 100 dB. This will be loud enough to be heard from within the house in most scenarios.
There are a few additional features that can help with security. Look for an alarm with a short delay time, of around 10 seconds, to better catch intruders off guard. Also, some of the most effective models will avoid making an audible ‘pip’ when motion is detected. This helps make the alarm more secure, as intruders won’t be alerted to its presence or location.
Out of the different alarms I researched, I’ve chosen the Yale Wireless Shed and Garage Alarm as my top pick. This is a simple yet effective alarm, with a four-digit deactivation code, loud 100 dB siren and reliable 12 m detection range. It’s easy to activate and disarm, and has a decent 10-second grace period. However, it does emit a small ‘pip’ when motion is detected.
For more information about this shed alarm, as well as details of other models, take a look at the reviews below.