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Your garage is an important part of your house and often a storage place for valuables like tools, bicycles, and of course, our cars. Add in the fact that many of us purposely or accidentally leave the door from the garage to the house unlocked, and it’s easy to see why securing your garage is one of the most important steps in securing your entire home. Garage doors are one of the most commonly targeted places for home burglars. Why? Garage doors are naturally susceptible to break-ins and homeowners generally place less emphasis on making them secure (compared to a front door). Additionally, once a burglar gets into a garage they traditionally have access to the rest of the home – unless you have a detached garage.
Essential Ways to Secure Your Garage
We keep some of our most expensive stuff in our garages: cars, bikes, tools, boats and other things too big or too dirty for the home. If you have an attached garage, it also has a door leading straight into your house. Stopping people from getting into your garage is pretty important, but most people don’t give garage security too much thought.
Modern garage door openers have quite a few nifty security features, but they too can be defeated, just have a look at my article on garage opener hacking.
This article is about the other ways you can secure your garage against unwanted entry so that your security doesn’t just rely on a single security point.
The Alarm Bell
If you have a home security system, make sure that it extends to your garage, not just the connecting door. If the alarm is armed and someone enters the garage, you should know about it.
Bolt of Lighting
If your garage door opener or door does not come with a bolt-type lock such as the Chamberlain/Liftmaster Posilock system, then I’d highly recommend that you fit one to your door. Just make sure that the aftermarket lock you fit is compatible with your opener. When in doubt, phone customer care and find out the recommended way to add a bolt-type lock to your door.
Most garage doors come with a cylinder-type lock that thieves can defeat in seconds these days, so don’t fool yourself on that count.
If you have a garage door that won’t be used for long periods or if you’re going on a long holiday, you may want to consider a door defender. This consists of a metal plate bolted into concrete with huge metal and rubber stopper that will prevent the door from opening. They also make for a great visual deterrent, since they are a pain in the behind to get around and take more time to break through than the typical thief will have.
Lots of people don’t bother to put any coverings on their garage windows. Curtains may not be appropriate, but some nice industrial looking blinds will. Before a prospective thief goes through the risk and trouble of breaking into your garage, they want to know that there’s something in there that’s worth stealing. Don’t make life too easy for them.
Few people have a reason to open their garage windows, so you may want to consider permanently welding them shut, putting burglar bars up (on the inside!) and attaching a window break alarm.
If your opener doesn’t have motion detector lights, consider installing them as an add-on. Thieves prefer to work in the dark and you may be lucky enough to fool the dumber ones into thinking someone’s around and they’ve been detected.
If you have wi-fi Internet access on the premises, you may want to invest in an IP security camera for your garage. Some smart garage door openers support this as an upgrade, but as long as you are in the range of your router, you can use any camera.
IP cameras come at all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can use many of them remotely from your smartphone and get an immediate alert if anything moves into view. If you see a burglar on the camera, even if you’re far away, you can immediately alert your security company or the police.
Some more expensive models even let you talk through a speaker and move the camera around on a motorized base.
The Other Door
Don’t forget the other door going from your garage to your home! This door should be as well secured as the front door to your house. A swift kick should not be enough to bring it down. Alarm sensor, door chime, deadbolts, the works. Do it. Now. Read more here…
Home security is all about common sense and being prudent.
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! 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.
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