We’ve had a rash of burglaries in the neighborhood recently. It’s pretty frightening. More than a dozen homes have been hit. But not one, according to our local sheriff’s department, has been a forced entry.
The thieves simply helped themselves to the garage door openers from vehicles parked in the driveway.
Most of us leave the garage remotes in the car, either clipped to the visor or on the dashboard. However, after these burglaries, I’m changing my ways.
Here are seven tips for keeping your garage more secure:
- Don’t leave the garage door remote in your vehicle.
- Turn the power off to the garage opener at night. (You can wire it to work with the light switch.)
- Keep the door between your house and garage locked.
- Don’t leave your garage door open all day long. Potential thieves will be able to see what you own (how many of us have the big screen TV and computer cartons stashed in the garage?), or help themselves to items stored in the garage.
- Don’t leave the garage light on all night if you have windows in the garage. Again, it enables burglars to “case” the place.
- Consider a locking mechanism for the garage itself, like a deadbolt, to use especially when you plan to be away for extended periods.
- Maintain the garage door and opener. Have a professional inspect the door for weak springs, corrosion and other issues that make the door less secure.
Like many people, maybe you use the garage for storage and have no room for your vehicles. However, it might be wiser to invest in a storage unit — or simply declutter — and use the garage for your car, which is, after all, your second most valuable possession.
Do you have more tips on securing your home? Post them in the comments below!