Security advice and technology seem to focus on your doors, windows, and interiors. But don’t forget your garage because its door represents the largest access point to your home. Here are a few tips for increasing the safety of that location.
Keep it Closed
Even the toughest and most durable garage door is useless if you forget to close it. If you’re liable for such a lapse, add a garage door monitor, which typically consists of a sensor that you stick to the door and a monitor that you can put on your nightstand. The monitor informs you whenever your garage door remains open.
While you’re making additions to your door, go ahead and obscure the windows with a translucent film that you can buy at any home centre store. The material lets light in but prevents burglars from peeking into your garage to see what types of equipment and cars you store there.
Fortify the Emergency Release
When the garage door is closed, its emergency release lies close enough to the top gap of the door that anybody with a hanger can hook the release to disengage it. This then allows the thief to open your door from the outside by lifting it. You can prevent this from happening by using a plastic tie to lock a release that contains holes. If your release does not have convenient holes, try screwing a wooden shield in front of the release, so anybody fishing from the outside will hit the shield rather than the release.
Lock Human-Door Access Points
An attached garage will have, at the very least, a door leading from it to the interior of your home, such as to the kitchen or family room. Because that door seems like an interior door, you may neglect to lock it when the garage is secured. But keep in mind that the door acts as a second line of defence if someone should break into your garage, so keep that door locked. Needless to say, if you have doors leading from the garage to the outside, these should always be locked as well.
Bring the Remote
If you leave the remote in your vehicle and you’re parked at a supermarket lot, a thief could break in, take the remote, get your address from your registration, and head for your home to rob you before you’re done grocery shopping. So always take the remote with you. Key-chain versions of remotes are sold at home centres, auto supply stores and even online. Just make sure you match the replacement to the year and brand of your garage opener. Attach the small remote to your keys for convenience, and you will never leave it in your car.
When you’re ready to secure your garage or add a security system to other parts of your home, schedule your consultation by contacting us at Acme Protective Systems.