Unsurprisingly, the garage is one of the most common entry points for burglars breaking into a house. If you have an attached garage, there is even more reason why you should reassess how secure it actually is. Here are a few garage safety tips to make your home a less attractive target for intruders.
- Lock your garage doors. It goes without saying that you should always keep your garage doors and exterior windows locked. If you are going on a vacation, and your door opener is a bit outdated and does not have a smart feature that detects when your doors are open or closed, it is a good idea to unplug the automatic opener, or clamp a padlock on the door tracks.
- Shed some light. Most thieves rely on the darkness of nighttime hours when attempting to break into homes. Install motion-activated flood lights near the garage doors and windows to take potential burglars by surprise and scare them away. These devices are especially helpful for keeping detached garages out of the shadows.
- Cover your garage windows. Thieves will take a peek inside your garage through the windows and look for vehicles to see if anyone is home. To prevent this, install curtains or blinds, or cover your garage windows completely. If you like a little bit of sunshine in the garage, consider putting a translucent film over the windows instead.
- Use a smart garage door opener. Some modern garage door openers allow you to monitor and operate garage doors using a smartphone app. If anyone is trying to break into your garage space, you will get an alert notification on your phone. This smart technology is also extremely convenient in cases when you forget to close your automatic door after leaving the house. Even when you are miles away, a simple tap on the screen will let you operate the door.
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