Not surprisingly garages are one of the most common focuses of home burglaries. This is typically because it is the least secure part of the house but will still often contain valuable equipment. There are a few ways to minimize the possibility of your garage being burglarized with some simple precautions. Take some time out of your day to keep your valuables safe and gain some peace of mind by making your garage a bit more secure.
One of the first steps that you can take to secure your garage door is to remove the opener from your car. Thieves are usually not as stupid as you’d think and know exactly where to find most people’s garage door openers (usually on the visor). So if you park in the street sometimes it would be worth it to get rid of the clunky garage door opener and invest in a smaller keychain opener. This will minimize the risk of a thief breaking into your car and finding a nice bonus in the form of an open garage.
Deterrents are often the most powerful form of prevention when it comes to theft and burglary. One simple thing that you can do around your home and garage to prevent burglaries is to install motion sensor lights. If you really feel like going the extra mile you could even install a dummy video camera (or a real one works too).
Additionally, one common practice that will reduce the likelihood of a garage burglary is to not display your goods for the world to see. If you have windows in your garage put up some curtains. Additionally, do what you can to reduce the time with the garage door open. If you are forgetful or you have forgetful children it could be a good idea to invest in a garage door timer that will lower the door after a certain amount of time. An open garage door or windows is like window shopping for thieves. If they see something that they want they may be willing to put in the extra work to get it.
Lastly, it’s a good idea to reinforce your door jamb to prevent brute force entry. Additionally you can put bars on your windows for the same reason. If you go away on vacation or are traveling for extended periods of time it’s a good idea to unplug your garage door opener and lock your door so that it can’t be manually opened easily.