10-Point Security Checklist – Guide to Making Your Home Safer
When it comes to home security, we often undermine the importance of securing your garage. Truth be told, the garage is one of the most vulnerable areas – security wise. The items one normally stores in the garage might seem enticing to burglars – cars, lawnmowers, power tools, and the list may go on. Plus, once a burglar reaches your garage, entering the home is just a matter of time.
Happily, there are some safety measures that can maximize your garage’s security. We’ll outline 10 of them below:
10 Ways to Make Your Home Safer
1. Don’t Neglect the Maintenance of the Garage Door
You shouldn’t make compromises when it comes to the quality of your garage door. That is to say, always opt for the highest quality possible. If you encounter any difficulties and you have no expertise in this area, you should consider having a professional take a look at it, so that you don’t make matters worse. You should check the hinges, frame and replaceable items on a regular basis, to ensure that everything is in excellent condition.
2. Install a Security System
The best way in which you can protect your garage from intruders is by installing an appropriate security system. Once you’re confident that the door functions perfectly, you can move on to installing such a system. So, in worst case scenario, the alarm will alert you. The good thing is that there are plenty of systems to choose from.
3. Maximize the Security of the Garage Door
Given that a garage is, in most cases, a doorway to the entire house, it makes sense to focus on making it burglarproof. There are plenty of things one can do to make garage safer.
Obviously, each of these methods comes with its own price tag, which can be lower or higher, depending on how much it takes to install it and the degree of security it offers to the garage door. However, money should be the least of your concerns if you want to keep your house as secure as it can be.
Getting a garage defender is a recommended purchase. Installing it is easy, and it doesn’t require any tools. The garage shield is universal, and it improves the level of your home protection. The good thing is that there are many accessories designated primarily for equipping your garage.
4. Cover the Windows
One of the reasons why many burglars target the garage is because they know for sure that they can find various valuables in there. By doing something as simple as covering the windows, you prevent burglars from window shopping.
An option would be applying an opaque or translucent film on the glass – this allows the light to come in, while preventing burglars from peeping in. If not, you can purchase some really thick curtains no one could ever see through.
5. Get Motion Detector Lights
Another safety measure is replacing your regular lights with motion detector lights. Motion detectors feature infrared waves that recognize moving objects and body temperature. That is to say, these lights detect animals, cars, and people. As soon as motion is detected, the light automatically turns on, and it remains on for a given, preset time. If the motion continues, the light will turn on once again.
6. Secure the Door That Leads to the House
Most houses have a door inside that leads to the garage. In this case, you should put as much effort into securing it as you would with your front door. Doing so will prevent intruders from reaching your home if they manage to get inside the garage.
Most importantly, the door should be made of a durable material such as solid wood, fiberglass or metal. Also, you should use an appropriate security system.
7. Install a Timer on the Garage Door Track
How many times did you not close the garage door because you were either in a hurry, or you simply forgot? This has happened to all of us, at least once. Nonetheless, leaving the garage door open, no matter if it’s daytime or nighttime, is just an open invitation to intruders.
That’s why, instead of counting on your memory to keep the garage door shut at all times, you can consider installing a timer on the garage door track. This way, the door will automatically close after a fixed time frame.
8. Keep the Garage Remote Safe
Many people tend to make a habit out of keeping the garage remote in their cars – out of convenience, for the most part. Nevertheless, in the situation in which a thief might break into your car, this will give him access to your home, as well. That’s why, as a rule of thumb, you should avoid leaving it in the car. Alternatively, you should get a keychain remote opener; you can keep it on your keys.
9. Install a Wide-Angle Peephole
Another piece of advice would be installing a wide-angle peephole in the door between the house and the garage. This way, considering that you hear any strange noises or you suspect that someone has entered your property, you can check that, without the need to open the door.
10. Keep the Garage Keypad Secure
If you chose to install a keypad outside of the garage, then you should avoid disclosing the security code to anyone. And also, if you need to communicate it to someone, ensure that the person is, indeed, reliable.
At the same time, every now and then, it’s advisable to change the security number. Otherwise, by continually introducing the same code, certain numbers on the keypad will be more worn out than others and this will be visible to the burglars.
On a final note, you might not understand the importance of securing your garage until you are a victim of burglary and everything is gone. Imagine how much it would cost you to replace everything you store in your garage.
That’s why it makes sense to invest the time and money to maximize your garage’s safety and protect your belongings and your home.
Do you have any tips for securing the garage from break-ins? If so, let us know!
This a contributed piece from Ran Keller, EliteGarageWA