Your garage not only houses your car, but it also the place with most people store their power tools, their garden equipment, sports equipment such as bikes, hockey and snowboarding equipment as well as other expensive items. Keeping these items safe is as simple as keeping your garage safe and secure at all times. Here are a few tips on how to make your garage as safe and secure as possible.
Keep Your Garage Door Shut and locked When You are Not in It
Many people keep their garage door shut and locked when they are not home or at night while they are sleeping, with that being said, they turn around and leave it open when they out in their yard or eating lunch. The problem is that it only takes a moment for anyone walking by to see your open garage, step inside, grab something of value and then be gone before you even know anyone was there.
By keeping your garage door shut and locked (both the large door and any side doors) even when you are in the yard you greatly reduce the chances of anyone being able to walk into your garage and help themselves to your possessions without being noticed.
Make Sure Your Garage Door is in Good Repair
You also want to make sure that your garage door is in good working order. Weakened locks, damaged panels worn out garage door parts and other problems can give a determined thief an opportunity to make their way into your garage pretty easily. A solid door, and sturdy locks may not stop someone who is really determined, but it will lower your risk of having a break in occur.
Keep Garage Door Windows Covered and Garage Windows Locked
Many Thieves are what as known as opportunistic thieves, meaning they take what they can see and get to easily. By keeping your garage windows locked a thief will be forced to break a window to get in. By keeping your garage door windows covered you are preventing an opportunistic thief from seeing what valuables are inside your garage and coveting them for themselves or plan on selling your possessions. In most cases, if a thief can’t see what you have inside the garage, they will pass by it for one where they can see if there is anything worth stealing.
Invest in a Modern Garage Door Opener
If you have an older garage door opener that uses a deep switch radio frequency, a smart thief can easily copy the radio frequency and enter your garage whenever they would like. Modern garage door openers use Intellicode and Rolling Code systems that after each use select and transmit a new code from millions of possible combinations, making it impossible for anyone to copy.
Attach A Motion Activate Light to Your Garage
Most thieves like to operate in the dark of night, so if you really want to keep your garage secure then attach a bright motion activated flood light near or on your garage exterior header. When a thief approaches your garage and that light comes on flooding the area, chances are he will think twice before breaking into your garage.
Keeping your garage safe and secure can help you protect your possessions and keep you, your family and home safe.