An attached garage is often a favourite entry point for thieves and intruders, as they can quietly sneak into your home without being seen by neighbors. Most homeowners also store expensive things in their garage and a thief can get in and out with any of these items before a homeowner even knows they're being robbed. If you know you need to make your garage more secure, consider some simple but very important tips.
1. Make sure the door is in good repair
When a door is bent, rusted, or dinged, this compromises its strength so that a thief can easily use a crowbar to pull it or bend it up and back. This also makes it easier to pull the garage off the tracks or to break the lock on the handle. If your garage door needs repair or replacement, do that immediately to keep everything secure.
2. Cover the garage windows with chicken wire
This is a good way to ensure that no one breaks into your garage through its windows. You can cover the back of the windows with wire that you easily screw into place and there is no way for a thief to crawl in. If you prefer to be able to open the windows, place the wire just along the bottom of the window and cover enough so that no one can squeeze over it. The chicken wire allows for ventilation and you can open the window around it while still securing your garage itself.
3. Secure the door from the inside
A commercial facility will go to great lengths to keep their garage doors securely locked, and homeowners should do the same. The lock on the handle of a garage door is often flimsy and easy to break off with a simple swing of a hammer. To improve security, do what is done in most commercial garages and install deadbolts inside the garage that keep the door closed and locked, and add padlocks to these deadbolts for even more security. A heavy-duty sliding deadbolt is usually all that homeowners need to add security to their garage doors.
4. Extend the home's security zones
If you have an alarm system in your home, be sure the zones include the garage as most home alarms start with the back door to the home. You should be alerted if the garage door is opened or a window is broken, just as with your home's doors and windows. Have a technician come out and check your home's alarm systems and install an additional zone if needed for maximum security around the garage itself.
For more information, contact a company like Gold Coast Door Centre.