If you think you’ll never be the victim of break-in then think again. According to one survey, around 20% of all homes in Australia have been broken into at some point or the other. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a nice neighbourhood, you should never make the mistake of thinking that you will never be the victim of a home invasion.
Fortunately, a lot of us have the good sense to do things like invest in alarm systems and security cameras these days. But is this enough? One part of the house that tends to get neglected a lot is the garage. Not only do we keep our cars in there but we often tend to store boxes of random stuff as well. That’s why in this article, we’re going to be focusing on tips for improving garage security.
Keep the Garage Door Closed
This might seem obvious but some of us tend not to follow this important rule. By keeping the garage door closed, not only do you bar off this point of entry but you keep any valuable vehicles out of side. So any thieves that are going around and looking for targets in the neighbourhood won’t see any valuable vehicles that you may own.
Keep the Service Door Locked
The door between your garage and the inside of the house is the last barrier of entry if the garage is infiltrated. Hence, you want to make sure that this kept locked at all times. If the door locks are old and worn out, then it’s a good idea to replace them with new ones.
Don’t Block a View of the Door
While you might think that blocking the view with shrubs or other kinds of plants will serve well to hide the garage away from thieves, it is actually counter-productive. Thieves can actually use these barriers to hide themselves whereas otherwise a neighbour or a passer-by may spot them.
Cover All Windows
If there are windows which open from your garage, you need to make sure they’re locked and covered. This way, you keep the contents out of sight and you make sure that the thieves have no way of prying open the windows.
We highly recommend installing electric roller shutters over your garage windows. They’re easy to install and maintain and are quite good at securing garages.
Invest In a Security System
The likelihood of a thief breaking in decreases significantly if there is a security system installed. CCTV cameras are a big deterrent to burglars and so are things like alarm systems that go off quite loudly. You may also want to invest in some motion detector lighting. What kind of thief would stick around if they’re forced to be in the spotlight?
Simply installing some exterior lights above the garage door could work either. As we all know, burglars like to stay in the dark. If that is not possible then they’ll want to move on to a surer target.
And there you have it – 5 ways to improve your garage security!