Security is at the forefront of every homeowner’s mind, and most of us will go to great lengths to protect our family and our possessions. You may have invested heavily into the latest front door locks, intruder alarms and security equipment around the house – but what about the garage?
If you’re anything like most people, the contents of your garage may be very valuable to a burglar. Tools, bicycles, toys, gardening or gym equipment and all sorts of possessions may be attractive to a thief on the lookout for a quick return. Ladders and tools, of course, may also come in very handy to gain access to the rest of your house. What’s more, if your garage is attached to or an integral part of the property, breaking into the garage may be one way into your home.
It’s worth remembering that most burglars are opportunists that will take advantage of what they see as an easy target. Luckily, there are a few things you can do that will make your garage look like a difficult prospect for thieves, so take note.
1 – Garage door
Let’s start with your garage door. How old is it? Is it in good condition? Does it have a lock? Older style garage doors won’t offer the same level of security as newer models, so it may be time for an upgrade. Whether you choose a timber, GRP or steel garage door, a sturdy new door with up-to-date security features will go a long way to protect your family and your belongings.
2 – Garage maintenance
Do you look after your garage? A silly question perhaps, but weak windows or a dilapidated structure will provide easy access for any passing thief. Check all possible entry points, repair whatever needs fixing and give your garage the TLC it deserves.
3 – Outside lighting
What about garage lighting? Exterior lighting around the garage is particularly important if your garage is located a distance from the main house. Burglars love the dark – it gives them the cover they need to work undetected. Fitting some motion sensor security lights is a very effective burglar deterrent indeed.
4 – Human behaviour
Finally, how security conscious are you in your everyday actions? Many homeowners are unaware of how their own inactions can jeopardise security. Be honest, do you always lock your garage? Perhaps you live in a low crime residential area and believe no-one is likely to break in? If this sounds like you, how about considering upgrading to an automatic garage door that always opens, closes and – most importantly – locks at the touch of a button.