Avoid a Break-In Through Your Garage With These 8 Tips
Your garage door is an entry to your home. And, if you’re like many people, you may not lock the door into your home. It may not make a difference. If a thief can get into your garage, they can shut the garage door and take all the time they want to break into your home.
Here are 8 Tips to Make your Garage Safer.
- Unplug. If you’re going away for a weekend or a longer vacation, unplug your automatic garage door. Sure, you’ll have to have someone go through the front door and plug it back in before you can pull into the garage. That’s a small inconvenience for making it harder for a thief to enter while you’re away!
- Make The Emergency Release Tamper-Proof. You may have seen it on TV – if not it’s on the Internet. Watch a thief break into a garage door with just a wire clothes hanger by hooking the emergency release. The fix is very low tech. Get a zip tie and tie the emergency release lever to the track. That’s a “how to” that’s also available on the Internet.
- Go High Tech. Consider one of the new automatic openers that let you control the door from your smart phone. Someone left it open? You don’t have to worry or run home – you can close it. Another option is an automatic opener that closes the door after a certain length of time.
- Light It. Put motion-activated lights on the outside of your garage. No power plugs? Select from the many new solar light option. You’re not using any power and they come in motion-activated models.
- Lock Your Car. Lock it up all the time! If you keep your garage door opener in it (that’s not the best idea), it’s super important. At least lock that opener in the glove compartment! It’s best to lock your car even when it’s parked in the garage.
- Lock The Door. The door between the garage and your house should meet the same standards as your front door. Make sure it’s not hollow-core (law may require that it’s fire rated) and it should have a deadbolt. If someone accesses your garage, make it hard for them to get inside.
- Out Of Sight Is A Good Thing. If your garage is filled with expensive power tools or anything else that is either expensive or precious to you, put it in a box or a cabinet. Don’t leave them hanging out in plain sight. Another good step, frost the windows or put up blinds.
- What’s Your Code? If you’ve moved up to a key pad on the outside, give that code some thought. Your address or 1-2-3-4 probably isn’t your best bet. It’s easy for a thief to try 0-0-0-0 or something that simple to see if it works.
Be sensible. Good safety habits and locked doors all protect what’s in your garage and your home. Keep your things and your home safe – and, keep your family safe. Be sure to have a yearly garage checkup from a registered garage door service company at least once a year to make sure those high-tension springs and cables are in good shape and there’s no accident waiting to happen.