Securing your bike in your garage is a good way to save space in the house, how this can carry more risk. This post explains how to effectively secure your bike in a garage.
Defining “In Your Garage”
A garage can either be attached to the house, or detached from the house. With Bikmo Plus, this changes the security requirements. If the garage is attached to the house then it’s considered to be part of the house and as such, as long as the house and garage door are locked, you don’t require any further security. If a garage is detached then extra security may be required.
For the purposes of this post, a garage is defined as a detached building that is completely independent to your actual home. They will more than likely be built from bricks, or concrete. For wooden out-buildings, such as sheds, see our post on securing your bike in your shed.
Storing The Bike
Garages are practical storage spaces for many things other than cars, and bikes are no exception. The security in a detached garage however, is usually less than your home. This can therefore present you with problems when it comes to securing your bike.
This is why Bikmo Plus require your bike to be locked up securely, as this decreases the potential for your bike to be stolen – check with your insurance provider as to their requirements. Locking it to the wall or the floor are both suitable options, as long as each are immovable i.e. a wooden wall is not considered immovable.
When keeping your bike in the garage, there are no requirements from Bikmo Plus to lock the bike up – check with your insurance provider as to their requirements. However, a little extra security never hurt anyone, and can really help prevent the frustration and pain of having your property stolen. Although it’s not a requirement when bikes are stored within your garage, we recommend locking the bikes to an immovable object or at the very least through the frame and wheels to prevent the would-be thief from riding away there and then.
Make sure that the lock you use is appropriate for the value of your bicycle.
The phrase “immovable object” can be a little vague, so we’ve put together a more comprehensive guide ofwhat an immovable object is here.