If you are a homeowner, you probably take home security very seriously. You may have deadbolt locks on your doors, and you might keep the bushes well-trimmed around your front windows in order to avoid giving would-be burglars a hiding spot. You probably also have a neighbor or friend keep your lawn trimmed or snow shoveled while you are on vacation. All of these are excellent steps toward keeping your home safe from intruders.
Have you considered whether your garage might be a weak spot in your overall home security, however? Most of us close the garage door and assume that that is enough to keep thieves at bay. There are a few more things to think about, however:
- Close the garage door.
Your garage door won’t keep anyone out if you don’t shut it. Although you might leave it open while the kids are playing riding their bicycles in the neighborhood or if you are in the process of cleaning it out, be sure to close it all the way when you are done, and definitely before leaving the house. If you have an automatic garage opener, make sure that nothing was in the way of the door shutting, causing the sensor to open the garage back up again after you went back in the house. Try to make it a habit to check that the garage is closed before you go to bed at night.
- Make sure your service entry is secure.
The side door on your garage should be locked up just as well as your front door. If it doesn’t currently have a kickplate and deadbolt, add them. Because this door is not front-and-center when a passerby is looking at your house, it can be a convenient place for an intruder to try to gain access to your home. While you’re at it, beef up the door leading from the garage into your house. If someone were to break into your garage, having a heavy door between him or her and your family will buy you some time.
- Light up your outside area.
Installing motion detectors is a good way to startle anyone who is walking around your property after dark. A light left on all night is less noticeable than one that turns on with motion, and motion detectors save electricity, too. Check the lightbulbs monthly, and be sure to trim back any bushes or trees that might block the light from illuminating your entire driveway and garage area.
- Cover any windows in the garage.
If a burglar peeks in the windows and sees your tools, sporting equipment and expensive car, then he has motivation for breaking in. If he can’t see anything at all, he’s taking his chances on whether you have anything worth stealing, and just might decide to go somewhere else instead. Mini-blinds are effective and inexpensive.
Keeping your garage secure can be done in just a few easy steps. Follow these tips to keep your garage and home safer from intrusions.