Secure Your Garage
There are many ways to secure your garage, and it is essential to do so in order to ensure safety. One of the most popular places that criminals check as an entry point into your home is the garage. People seem to overlook the garage door, garage door windows and the garage entry door when they are leaving their home. This three entry points give criminals an easy way to get into your home. This article will tell you some really fast corrections that you can complete to make sure that the burglars are turned away if there decide to pay your home a visit when you’re out for the day.
Do not leave the garage door remote inside of your car. Some home invasions crimes are not random. Criminals will case out a home and watch people for weeks. They may know places that you go and if you have a schedule, when you leave. If they do know where you go, they can take your garage remote and return to your home while you’re still out; or return to your home on another day. You may think you miss-placed your garage door remote until it’s too late. Also valet drivers have received a bad reputation the last few years for taking people’s garage door openers and looking at the car registration documents to get the home addresses. Most people do not remember to place the garage door remote in the glove compartment box and lock it. If it does go missing make sure you reset the garage door code ASAP.
If you garage has an entry door another thing that you can do is make sure that the door is reinforced. This would be especially important if the door is on the side of the garage, out of view of people passing by your home. Criminals are more likely to force a door out of view than one that is exposed to the street. A door Lock reinforces would be the first thing to buy and install. What this does is make sure that the lock can’t be pried off of the door or if someone takes a hammer to the door it will be more difficult to break open. You should also install a Heavy-duty strike plate. Heavy-duty strike plates will prevent an intruder from forcing the door. Also make sure you have heavy duty Anchor hinges. Anchor hinges are the part that connects the door to the frame securely. The screws that you use should be a minimum of 3 inches long so that it goes deep inside the frame and the door. The type of lock you need is a dead bold with an ANSI grade of 1. In order for the dead bolt to work you need the previous parts in place. A dead bolt lock with no other heavy duty parts is practically a waste of time and money.
One of the best devices that you can have to secure your garage is a motion detector light. When someone walks up to your garage at night the light will come on and more than likely the person will walk the other way. Windows should be covered to make sure that people are not just looking in to see what you got. If you like the light coming into your garage when you’re working and don’t want to cover the windows then you can only cover the bottom portion of the window. Are just buy privacy shades. If you think you need a little more protection in a high crime community then please just install window bars? They do not look very nice but the safety of your family and belongings should be priority number one. If you’re like me sometimes you just forget to hit that button to close the garage door. Well, for very low cost you can add an auto closing device so that after a set amount of time the garage door will close on its own.