Garage and Shed Security Tips
According to a 2006 report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, home break-ins have been on the rise in recent years. This can be expected when the economy goes into a downswing. Homeowners everywhere are choosing to have alarm systems installed in their home that would have never previously thought to do so. Monitored home security systems are an efficient way to alert law enforcement and emergency services that you or your home is in need of assistance.
One aspect of home security that many people forget to include in their security plan is shed and garage security. These parts of the property are equally as important as all other areas of the house but, for one reason or another, they are often overlooked. With help from Protect Your Home you can have an alarm system that will monitor and help protect your garage or shed while you are out of the house or sleeping. Here are a few tips besides having a security system that will help protect the belongings in your garage:
Garage and Garage Door Security
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- Do not leave your car unlocked – Your car is more than likely the most valuable item in your garage. Once an intruder gains entry, it will be very easy for them to drive off in your car if you leave it unlocked.
- Do not leave garage door openers in your vehicles. It might seem inconvenient to bring them in each night, but the inconvenience is well worth it by saving you the time and trouble of replacing your belongings.
- Lock down important tools – Expensive tools and garden equipment should be kept locked in a cabinet of some kind to make them harder to access for criminals.
- Get a good garage door opener – A garage door opener's security features are the first line of defense for your garage.
- Make sure your garage door is closed – Even if you are home during the day it is a good idea to have your garage closed. Brazen thieves will not hesitate to make away with your belongings even during the day time.
- Help prevent intruder access by securing your garage door release cord. Placing a barrier between the top of the door and the release cord or by fastening the mechanism with a zip tie is recommended. Check out a guide for securing your emergency release cord at Family Handyman.
- Have bright, motion sensing lights in the garage to bring attention to an intruder entering an open garage door.
- Prevent further intrusion by installing a dead bolt on the door between your garage and home. Installing a peephole viewer on the door will make it easier to inspect the garage without opening the door.
Looking for ways to secure your shed? We have some tips for that, too.
- Disassemble bikes and bring the tire inside – Thieves can get through combination locks on bicycles. Many bikes have a feature that allows you to take your front wheel off.
- No windows – You do not want thieves to be able to see what is inside your shed. They are much more likely to break into a shed if they can see that there is equipment or vehicles in there that are worth a lot of money. If you have windows keep them covered.
These are all helpful tips for assisting in protecting your shed and garage but the best way to have complete protection is to have an ADT-monitored security system installed. Standard door and window sensors can help secure your shed while ADT Pulse can help you keep track of your garage door activity.