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GARAGES are great places to store lawnmowers, barbecues and your new garden furniture - especially when you want to drag it in quickly out of the rain! But if you’re one of the majority, who use their garage as a utility, storage room or workshop, then check out your garage lock first.

"Many garages are fitted with only a basic level of security - and many people don't even bother with that. Some even almost gift-wrap their house for the thieves as well by storing the very tools they need to break in!" pointed out Dave Brearley, managing director of security specialists, Autolok.

Even if your garage is included in your household insurance, you should check its contents are included in the total value insured. "Insurers can refuse to pay out if you are underinsured or if you have not taken adequate precautions to protect your property," warns Dave.

One option is to fit an Autolok Stoppa, an easy-to-fit garage security device that is suitable for both metal up-and-over garage doors and the roller shutter variety.

Designed to supplement your existing garage lock, the Autolok Stoppa is fitted at the base of the door. When you turn the key, it's rigid security arm rotates to secure firmly in its own base plate, effectively bracing the garage door against external attack.

One Stoppa can be positioned centrally or, for maximum security, Autolok recommend an Autolok Stoppa to be fitted to each lower corner of the garage door.

If your garage is connected to your house then it is even more critical that it is kept locked - even if it’s empty and you’re only away from home for a day. "Around half of all burglaries occur when no-one is at home, so if you have a connecting garage, it provides cover for thieves to break in at their leisure," point out Autolok.

The Autolok Stoppa can be bought direct from the Autolok web site for £24.95 (normally £29.95) or two can be bought keyed alike for £39.95 (RRP £59.95). Both prices include VAT and FREE delivery.

Visit the website at or contact the company on 0161 624 8171 for credit card orders or nearest stockist.


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