A garage is perhaps the strangest part of any house. Neither outside nor truly inside, the garage exists between two realities. That said, most people simply take the garage, and its security, for granted.
The truth is that any garage should be treated as part of a home’s interior. Every measure should be taken to make the garage safe and secure.
This article will present several ways to improve the safety of your garage, and thus, the safety of your home.
Tip 1: Always lock the door
Most garages are separated from the interior of the house by a solid, secure door.
Many times this door is similar to the front door in that it uses both key locks and dead bolts. Because of the sense of security this inner door offers, many people give little regard to whether or not their garage door is actually locked.
Leaving your garage door unlocked creates opportunities for would-be burglars to enter your garage.
Once inside, they are invisible to neighbors, and thus can go about picking the locks of your inner door without detection. Saying that, ALWAYS lock the lever on your garage door.
Tip 2: Cover any windows
Some garages are constructed with no windows or access points to the outside other than the garage door. Others, on the other hand, have windows of all shapes and sizes, including full size windows that can be opened for fresh air.
In the case of a garage with windows, always take measures to block the view from the outside. Anything from curtains, blinds or even light window paint will do the trick.
The bottom line is that you want to prevent anyone from being able to look into your garage to see what, or who, is inside.
Tip 3: Never leave your garage door opener in your car
In the case of garages with automatic garage door openers, you will have remotes to activate your door.
While automatic garage door openers are convenient and secure, the remotes can actually provide an easy way in for anyone who has access to it. Because of this, you should NEVER leave the door remote in your car.
This is especially true when at work, where people may have access to your address.
Additionally, leaving your remote in your car when you park in your driveway is a huge security blunder. Always keep your door remote on your person.
Tip 4: Install security measures
Because of their concealing nature, garages are the first entry choice for many home intruders.
Subsequently, it is recommended that anyone with a garage install extra security measures. These measures can be as simple as night lights that allow you to see the inside of the garage at all times.
Any light seen coming from the garage, such as below the door, can serve to deter would be burglars.
Motion detectors and security alarms are other, more effective options for increased garage security.
Tip 5: Use spotlights on your driveway
One of the best ways to protect your garage is to put it on display. Shining a spot light on your driveway, right in front of the garage door, will deter any potential home invader.
The cost of a light, even including the power it uses, is almost nonexistent. This is perhaps the most effective and cost effective method of increasing the security of your garage.
Hopefully, the five tips in this article will give you plenty of ideas on how to make your garage more secure.
Remember, when it comes to your home, there is no such thing as too much security. When you keep your home safe you keep yourself, and more importantly, your family safe.