You know how to be safe around your garage door opener. You know how to avoid accidents while operating it. But what if you’re using an attached garage? Here are some additional steps you can take to make sure your home isn’t ripe for the picking.
- Your door to the interior of your house should be as strong as your front door. Shoot for a solid-core wood door or reinforced steel. This creates an extra layer of security between your garage and the valuables in your home proper.
- In the same vein, install a deadbolt on that interior door. Taking 5 seconds to get into your home may seem inconvenient, but it’s tiny compared to the headache that comes with a theft.
- Don’t leave your garage door open! This is inviting anyone to have a look and case what they’d like to take! It doesn’t matter how safe you think your neighborhood is, well-to-do areas are often the first ones targeted, especially if you advertise what’s there for the taking!
- If your garage door has windows, it’s a good idea to use a simple frosting spray or use a cover of some sort. Again, you don’t want to advertise to criminals that you’re not at home or let them see what’s in your garage.
- Another easy deterrent is spotlighting the area around your garage. Motion-activated spotlights are inexpensive and make it much harder for a thief to slink around the entrance of your garage.
- Don’t leave your car keys in the car! This is a common mistake homeowners make, but if a thief gains access to your garage they’ve got your vehicle at that point. Keep them inside that reinforced door to your home!
None of the above tips are extremely expensive or difficult to do. A little vigilance and preparation can go a very long way. Have any additional tips that our readers might enjoy? Let us know!