Your home garage contains your cars, tools, and potentially other important or expensive items. As well as this, it may even have an entry point into your home. You may not give too much thought to your garage or the ultimate security of it, but it’s important to understand that thieves see your garage as a prime opportunity.
The reason for this is that the garage is actually a weak point when it comes to the safety of your home. Thieves consider the garage door an easy weakness to exploit, and the garage gives them shelter once it has been compromised. Pulling a truck up to an open garage door may not raise much suspicion to neighbours, as it looks like a legitimate delivery.
So, armed with this knowledge about how a thief views your garage, how can you protect your garage and home? Well, it’s a good idea to put yourself in a thief’s shoes to see how they might try to gain entry into your garage and home. Here are a few tips:
- Keep your garage door closed at all times
This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people leave their garage doors open, thinking they won’t be targeted if they are at home.
- Don’t leave the garage door remote in your car
If a thief gains entry to your car, then they’ll immediately have free access to your home. Switch to a small keyring remote and keep it with you at all times.
- Select garage door with extra safe-guard
The Steel-Line Windlock garage door has a unique Windlock system. The system incorporates a molded lug secured to the door curtain, which interlocks the matching shaped side-track. The design serves as an extra safeguard against break-ins because the door curtain cannot be easily pushed in helping to prevent unwanted entry.
- Lock your garage door when you’re out of town
Add an additional lock to your door mechanism when you’re away on holidays for extra security.
- Ensure any other side doors to your garage are deadbolted
Many garages have a side door for access and it’s important not to overlook this. Ensure these side doors are protected with deadbolt locks.
- Install a proper internal door between your garage and home
Most garages are connected to the home via sliding door only. Installing a lockable door with a peephole can protect your home even if the garage is compromised. A peephole will allow you to check on noises without putting yourself at risk.
- Cover windows
Any windows should be covered with security film, blinds, or curtains so thieves cannot stake out your garage. If they can see what’s inside, they’ll be more likely to make a burglary attempt.
- Install surrounding lighting
Thieves generally like to operate under the cover of darkness, so having plenty of lighting, including sensor lights, can help deter them and make your property a harder target.
- Ensure the garage door closes behind you
Always wait until your garage door has completely closed before going inside the house. Sometimes they can bounce back up and you may not realise that you have left your entire home open to attack.
- Don’t forget the key
Now that you know what to look out for when protecting your garage and your home, don’t leave yourself open to burglary by making the simple mistake of hiding your house keys outside! Here are ten of the most common, and therefore worst places to hide your spare house key:
- Under the doormat
- Under a rock
- In the letterbox
- In or under a pot plant
- On a window sill
- Above the door
- On the dog’s collar
- In the meter box
- Under the sprinkler
- Anywhere within 10 metres of your front door
You’d be surprised how many people think that the above places are safe hiding spots for a spare key. Thieves have caught on to all the common hiding places, and while there are countless blog posts on creative places to hide keys, thieves are likely to read those too!
Home security is all about common sense and being prudent. Therefore, remember to always think about how a thief would enter your home, and work from there. The garage is one of the most overlooked areas, so use the tips above to start securing your garage today.