When it’s time to think about home security, the garage is sometimes forgotten, which is problematic because this is one of the biggest home security vulnerability areas. Items inside the garage – power tools, lawnmowers, and cars – are appealing to thieves and once a burglar makes it into your garage, they get easier access to the rest of your home.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. Try these six garage safety tips:
1. Install a security system.
A security system in your garage, connected to your home security system, is your best line of defense. If anyone tries to enter your garage when your system is set, the alarm will sound and can alert emergency services to be dispatched.
2. Keep your windows covered.
Keep any windows in the garage covered with blinds or curtains so potential burglars can’t window shop. If that’s not possible, apply a translucent or opaque film to the glass. This lets light in, but prevents others from seeing inside.
3. Upgrade to motion detector lights.
Along with motion detector lights that may come with your security system, upgrade your current light fixtures in and around the garage to motion detector lights. Motion detectors are infrared waves that detect body temperature and moving objects. Warm objects, like animals, cars, and people are detected by motion lights. When motion is detected, a light turns on and stays on for a preset time. The light then shuts offs, unless motion is detected.
4. Secure the garage door.
The door that leads to your house from the garage should be as secure as other external doors around your house. You want to stop any potential intruders from making it farther into your home, if they do somehow come into your garage. Make sure you garage door securely locks, which can include a deadbolt, having more than one lock, or putting in padlocks with a programmed entry code. The door should also be made of a sturdy material. Fiberglass, solid wood, solid wood core, or metal doors are best.
5. Don’t leave your garage remote in the car.
Avoid giving a burglar easy access to your garage by taking the remote with you, whether you’re parked in the driveway for the night or if you’re headed into the office. Never leave your remote garage door opener in the car, even when it’s parked in the garage. You can get a small keychain remote to replace your big remote at most home improvement stores or the place where you bought your garage door opener. You’ll want to match the remote to the brand and year of your current opener and follow the enclosed instructions to program it.
6. Use timers.
Leaving home in a rush, kids forgetting to push the button, or neglecting to put the garage door down for the night happens to everyone. However, when your garage door is left open, it’s an open invitation for anyone to come in. Don’t rely on your memory to make sure the garage door is closed; use a timer that signals your garage door opener to close the door after a set amount of time. You determine the time that can be elapsed before the door closes. Most timers are easily installed on the garage door track and the keypad that connects to the opening/closing control.