How to Secure a Motorcycle Shed: Top Shed Lock Ideas
Motorcycles are expensive, so you can’t compromise on security. If you keep your motorcycle in a shed, what measures can you put in place to ensure some thief doesn’t break in and steal your bike?
We have assembled together a list of excellent shed lock ideas you should consider.
1. Upgrade the Door Lock
If you bought a shed instead of making one yourself from scratch, the locking system is probably subpar. In the case of a wooden shed, the lock may be either a “tower bolt” or a “hasp and staple” locking mechanism.
Hasp and staple: a hinged “hasp” attached to the shed’s door folds over onto a “staple” (looped) which is secured to the door frame.
Tower bolt: a metal rod on the door which slides across to anchor in a cylinder-shaped cradle secured to the door frame.
Both these two locking mechanisms are good enough to shut the shed door. However, you must pair them with a padlock. Note that the padlock is usually not included in the shed purchase.
Still, the padlock may not be enough security, because the locking mechanism is likely secured to the shed using simple wood screws. If the thief comes along with a screwdriver, he can easily remove the woodscrews, step into your motorcycle shed, and take your motorcycle.
Tower bolt locking system is the one which uses wood screws. As for the hasps and staples locking, the hasps provide protection for the screw fittings. That means a thief can’t unscrew them. However, simple wood screws are relatively weak, which means the thief can easily rip out the entire locking mechanism out of the door using a crowbar.
Option one: Carriage bolts
This is where the upgrade comes in. Take out the wood screws and instead use carriage (or coach) bolts. These ones penetrate through the entire piece of wood until they protrude on the other side, where you should secure them with a nut and washer. If you want extra security, you can add super glue to the nuts once they are in place.
The beautiful thing about carriage bolts is that their heads are smooth and therefore impossible to unscrew. Furthermore, they make ripping the fittings out of the wood a lot more difficult.
Option two: Metal plate
An extra or alternative upgrade would be securing a metal plate to the back of the door. This makes it impossible for a determined thief to cut out the lock.
Option three: Replace locking mechanism
If you are using a hasp and staple mechanism or tower bolt, we have already mentioned that they pose a security risk, especially if you have cheap and flimsy ones.
You should replace these flimsy locking mechanisms with something heavy duty. It should ideally be a lock certified by Sold Secure.
Unfortunately, even heavy duty hasp and staple locks use simple wood screws. If that is the case, you will have to upgrade that to carriage bolts as we have described above.
Option four: Pick your padlock carefully
The best option for a padlock is a closed (also known as shrouded) shackle padlock. That’s because the shackle is hard to crop.
As with the lock, you want a padlock that has a security certification, ideally from Sold Secure.
You should ensure that the shackle is not too thick to fit through the staple, lest you buy a padlock you can’t use.
Option five: Add extra Locks
For extra security, you can add extra locks at the bottom and at the top of the door. This will ensure an intruder doesn’t succeed in prying it open or splitting it at either end.
You can also consider adding a shed bar which spans across the width of the door.
However, beware that too many security measures might make a thief believe that what you are storing in the shed is really expensive and therefore worth putting in more effort to acquire.
2. Upgrade the Door Hinges
As is the case with the lock system, the door hinges of the wooden shed you bought are probably secured to the shed using simple wood screws. As we have shown, such screws are easy to either unscrew or to simply pry the hinges off the door using a crowbar.
The same solution we provided when talking about lock systems will work here too: remove the screws and replace them with carriage bolts.
Cheap hinges can be hammered, removing the pin that holds the hinge’s two parts together, which then enables the thief to simply pull the door outwards. In good hinges, the pin is well protected. If your hinges look flimsy or cheap, you should take them out and install heavy duty alternatives.
It goes without saying that you should upgrade both the hinges and the lock. If you do only the lock, then the thief will target the hinges – and vice versa.
3. Secure the Windows
The windows are a weak point because thieves can easily gain access by smashing the window. Not all sheds have windows. To secure the shed windows, there are a number of options to consider:
4. Motorcycle Alarm Lock
Another safety option, not on the shed per se, but on the bike itself, is a motorcycle alarm lock. A motorcycle chain lock is an alarm system which produces a loud sound that scares off thieves and alerts you that someone is trying to take your bike.
A determined thief will come prepared for the job, so you should always make sure the measures you take to secure your bike are effective. In the end, the bike belongs to you and how much you value it is up to you. Do you value it enough to give it the best security?