Garage Security: Tips to Prevent Garage Break-Ins
Your garage is a vulnerable space. It’s comprised of a wall-sized door that’s meant to open and close with relative ease, which makes it one of the least secure parts of your home. In 2017, the FBI reported 1,401,840 burglaries in the United States with 57.5% of these burglaries involving forcible entries. Victims of these burglary offenses suffered a reported $3.4 billion in property losses. The bottom line is—you don’t want to end up as one of these statistics. Garage security is inexpensive and can save you from becoming a victim of crime.
Stash the Remote
It might be convenient for you to keep your garage opener remote on hand in your car, but if it’s visible when your car is parked outside, someone can easily make a note of this.
A thief just needs that garage opener to get into your garage and suddenly, you’ll find yourself a victim of an easy break-in. Hide your remote opener and keep your keys in the house.
Better yet, consider getting a smart garage door. Everything is connected to your smart phone these days, so why not your garage door? This way, you’ll be certain that you’ve closed your garage door and you won’t need an extra remote to carry around. There are many popular remote openers that connect to your phone via an app.
Here’s the endgame of a burglar: get away with the goods and don’t get caught doing it. Shedding some light on the subject defeats their very purpose and even if you aren’t home when it’s dark outside, a motion-activated flood light will alert your neighbors.
Take it the 21st century and upgrade your motion-sensor light to one with a camera. Ring first made a name for itself with the popular doorbell cameras, but now they’re making waves with motion-sensor floodlights that hang above your garage. Not only will you be able to illuminate your garage to prevent break-ins, but you’ll also be able to catch everything on camera.
Make the Windows Private
Garages with windows offer thieves a clear look at the goodies kept inside— such as an expensive grill, bikes, cars, and other equipment.
Don’t give criminals this intel and instead, use a privacy film to block the inside of your windows. It doesn’t hinder the look of your garage, and most privacy films allow for plenty of natural light to filter through, and thereby prevent unwanted persons from snooping around your property.
A Well-Placed Padlock
You don’t want to make it easy to break into your garage because in many cases, it may lead directly into your main house. If you don’t feel like springing for an expensive security system, then entertain some good old-fashioned padlocks.
Protect the entry door that leads into your main house with this easy, inexpensive addition. It might not keep thieves out completely (although if you combine a padlock with other security measures, it could certainly deter a lazy thief), but it will undoubtedly slow them down.
Block Your Garage Cord
When the power goes out and you need to manually access your garage, your overhead track has a cord that allows you to lift the door by disconnecting it from the chain or belt. For a break-in, this is a quick way in and out of the house (and allows for burglars to carry bulky objects out without a struggle) once the garage has been accessed.
Again, don’t make it easy for burglars here, and take precautions by blocking the cord. Products like Garage Shield can do this job professionally. You can completely cover your garage door’s emergency release cord which prevents a thief from using it to break inside. It’s a preventative measure that won’t break the bank.
Organize and Store
There’s a reason why people organize and store things in their garage in tidy bins. Not only does it look better than having your garage in disarray, but neatly storing items in protected bins deters thieves from going for high-ticket items. This way, even if you can’t block the windows from unwanted stares, potential burglars won’t be able to see what you store in your garage.
Protect Your Garage
There are some cheap and simple solutions to prevent garage break-ins from occurring. There are also some more expensive yet extremely secured methods if you really want to guarantee the protection of your family and the personal property you have inside.
Detached garages are great for security measures since they are not connected to a house.
Danley’s Garages offers the garage styles and sizes you’re looking for. You’ll get a new garage to accommodate all your possessions. Danley’s has been around since 1959. We’ve built over 100,000 garages and have been the #1 choice for Chicagoland homeowners. Speak to a product specialist and get a free quote today!