Garage Security Tips
Most people pay attention to the security of their homes. But a lot of people fail to consider garage security adequately. Yet, you probably have valuable tools and other items stored in your garage that a thief would love to get their hands on. And some of those tools will be precisely what a burglar needs to break into your home.
So, if you have never considered your garage a target for thieves, think again. A burglar is just as likely to break into your garage as your home. Here are ten tips to help you improve your garage security.
1. Always Lock Garage Doors
If you have a manual garage door, don’t forget it lock it every time you close the door. And, if you are going to leave your home unattended for any length of time, use a padlock to double-lock the door. Remember to keep the service door between your garage and house locked as well. And, if the locks are old and flimsy, replace them with heavy-duty locks.
2. Keep the Garage Door Closed
You don’t want to advertise what you have in your garage. So, keep the door closed when you are not using the garage. And keep valuable items out of sight at the back of the garage. Don’t leave your garage doors open even for only a few minutes. An opportunistic thief could grab items from the garage and be long gone before you even notice that something is missing.
3. Keep Your Driveway Well-Lit
Keep the driveway and the exterior of your home well-lit at night. A well-lit exterior will dissuade most burglars from even attempting to break into your home or garage. If you don’t want to leave the lights on all night long, consider buying motion-activated security lights.
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Last update on 2020-10-28 Source: Amazon Product Advertising API
4. Obscure Windows
If you have windows in your garage door, it would be best to obscure the glass so that no one can see what is inside. The simplest way to do this is with some frosted security film. Remember, it is not only the small items that thieves will be looking for in your garage. They may want to peep through the garage windows to see if your car is worth stealing.
5. Secure the Emergency Door Release
Automatic garage doors have an emergency release to open the door if there is a power outage. The emergency release usually has a red cord attached to it. While this feature is handy in an emergency, it is also a garage security risk. A thief could prise open the garage door a little bit and then hook the emergency release to open it. So, secure the emergency release with a zip tie. If you need to open the doors in an emergency, you can cut the zip tie inside the garage.
6. Fit Security Cameras
Another worthwhile hi-tech garage security precaution is the installation of outdoor security cameras. Security cameras outside your home are one of the best deterrents against burglary. Modern, motion-activated smart cameras can send alerts and video feed to your phone. So, you keep a watchful eye on your house, even when you are away.
- Blink Outdoor is a wireless battery-powered HD security camera that helps you monitor your home day or night with infrared night vision.
- With long-lasting battery life, Outdoor runs for up to two years on two AA lithium batteries (included).
- Outdoor is built to withstand the elements to help you protect your home inside or out, come rain or shine.
- Get motion detection alerts on your phone with the option to customize motion zones in the Blink Home Monitor app so you’re only alerted when you need to be.
Last update on 2020-10-19 Source: Amazon Product Advertising API
7. Upgrade the Garage Door
Older automatic garage doors are relatively easy to open. Indeed, one of your neighbors’ garage doors may have the same access code as yours. Newer garage doors use a much more robust security system that makes it much harder for thieves to bypass the access code. So if your garage door is getting on a bit, consider upgrading to one of the more secure models.
8. Lock Up Tools
If you keep tools in your garage, it would be best to keep them under lock and key. Invest in a secure metal tool cabinet to keep tools and equipment safe from burglars. As already mentioned, it’s not only your tools that you could lose if you leave them out in the garage. A burglar might use your tools to break into your home or a neighbor’s house.
9. Install an Alarm
If your home security system does not extend to the garage, consider installing a separate garage alarm system. You could install a wireless security alarm for a very modest price that would be triggered by a motion sensor. Or there are also specialist garage door alarms that you can buy.
- NO MONTHLY FEES easy DIY (Do It Yourself) installation.
- 2in1 Alert/Alarm Modes, notifies you when a garage door is open with both audio and visual indicators. Protect valuables in your garage.
- BUILT-IN SIREN at a piercing 95 decibels for maximum protection. Long operating range up to 800 feet in open area.
- EXPANDABLE SYSTEM: Add up to 16 sensors i.e. Motion sensors, window/ door sensors, water/leak sensors and garage door sensors.
Last update on 2020-10-19 Source: Amazon Product Advertising API
10. Park Close to the Garage Door
If you, like many people, don’t keep your car in your garage, a simple garage security precaution would be to park your car close to the garage door. This somewhat low-tech security measure is the simplest way to ensure a thief can’t sneak into your garage when you are at home.
To sum up, keep your valuables out of sight, invest in a modern, secure garage door, and always keep all the doors to the garage locked. For a high-tech solution to garage security, install security lights, security cameras, and a garage security alarm.
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