Securing your garage is a major part of securing the rest of your home. Oftentimes, would be burglars and intruders will prefer to enter a home through the garage, as it provides cover from neighbors, and garage to home doors are often less secure. For that reason, it is important to make sure that your garage is secure as the rest of your home. Here are some tips for improving security on your garage…
Include your garage in your home security system
If you have an electronic security system for the rest of your home, don’t leave your garage out of that arrangement. Talk to your home’s security company about adding additional sensors, motion lights, and alarms to your garage area. Not only will this make it far more difficult to break into a home from the garage, but it will also protect your belongings and property in your garage.
Get a garage door lock
It is possible for a burglar to disconnect your garage door from the opener mechanism through a method called ‘fishing’. The most clear cut way to defend against this is to get a deadbolt lock for your garage door. This will make it impossible to open the door from the outside, while it is locked, meaning that your garage door won’t be a considered entry point for a burglar.
Lock windows (and maybe more)
Garages tend to have windows on the back and side, in addition to on the garage door. Each of these windows presents an opportunity for a burglar to slip into a garage, undetected. Too many people neglect these windows, and it isn’t uncommon to find one or more of them unlocked, which makes it easy for burglar to break out the screen and get in. They are far less likely to try to break a window to get in, as it will make far more noise and increases the risks of cutting themselves, which would leave their DNA at the crime scene.