How Secure is Your Garage? Tips to Prevent a Break-In
When thinking about the security of your home don't forget your garage. An often, overlooked area, your garage is just as susceptible to theft as your home is. Whether your garage is attached or a separate structure, follow these guidelines to protect its contents and deter break-ins.
Seems like a simple tip: but keep your garage door closed at all times. Even the safest neighborhoods can be targets for criminal activity. Don't allow anyone walking or driving by get a glimpse at the contents or easy access to any entry door to your home.
Keep all access doors in your garage locked. All doors should have deadbolts and should always be locked during the day. If you have a service door that is not frequently used, consider adding a security bar or door jammer for added protection.
Don't let crooks get a peek at all your tools and toys. Cover up windows with a curtain or translucent film that allows light in but obscures the view. Statistics show that there is less motivation to break into an area that you can't see into.
If your emergency release pull can be accessed through a window take some measures to make sure the cord is not dangling. Some criminals use a method called “fishing” by inserting a wire and hooking it around the cord. A simple pull and the door is released. Just make sure the cord is still accessible to you in case of an emergency.
A well-lit area is probably the best deterrent for mischief. Motion detector lighting is a smart choice. It attracts attention when it goes off and saves you on energy when not activated. Spotlights are another great option if you have a detached garage. Position them to illuminate the door and the walkway into your home. If there is an area that you can't see before exiting the garage, consider installing an effective mirror so you can see if anyone is lurking about.
Make the most of technology available to you. The MyQ accessories and app lets its users monitor the status of their garage door. If coupled with security system cameras you would be able to view areas of your garage and see who is coming and going. It can also notify you when the door has been activated or tell you if the door has been left open accidentally.
Additional safety garage tips:
*Install a smoke detector in your garage & keep a fire extinguisher handy.
*Install additional lighting in the garage to prevent tripping and accidents.
*Never store chemicals or propane in your garage.
Take some time this week to look for and address weak areas of security in and around your garage.