Protecting Your Garage from Break-Ins
The idea of someone gaining access to your garage can be quite disconcerting. If someone can get into your garage, he or she could potentially damage or steal items you store. Even worse, they might even be able to gain entry into your home and threaten your family’s well-being. The good news is that you can take steps to limit the likelihood of a break-in and to ensure that your home and garage are well protected.
Tips for Increasing Garage Security
There are a number of ways in which you can reduce the chances of someone breaking into your garage. Some of these include:
- Motion-activated lighting – Most break-ins occur at night, as would-be burglars tend to use the darkness to aid their efforts. If you install motion-activated floodlights on the exterior of your garage, they will come on whenever anyone approaches. You could also integrate smart home technology and security cameras, allowing you to monitor activity in and around your garage using smartphone apps.
- Updated door opener – Older garage door openers can be spoofed, or thieves could steal a door opener remote control from a car parked in the driveway. Newer door openers, however, use advanced encryption technology and can be integrated into smart home setups. They are both easier for the consumer to use and harder for criminals to crack.
- Avoid showing too much – If your garage has windows—either on the overhead door or on exterior walls, be aware of what can be seen from the outside. Valuable items in plain sight could prove to be too much of a temptation for thieves who might have peeked in. You might consider blinds or privacy film that allows light to come in while simultaneously limiting exterior visibility.
- Lock your doors – Your garage door and virtually all entry doors have locks on them for a reason—to keep unwanted people out. But, locks will not do any good if you do not use them. Be sure to lock your doors at night and anytime you will be away for a stretch. Also, be sure to lock the door leading from your garage into your home for an extra layer of protection.
Contact a Northern Illinois Garage Security Specialist
If you are considering upgrading the security of your home and garage, or if you are thinking about building a brand-new garage with state-of-the-art security systems, the DuPage County custom garage experts at Blue Sky Builders can help you decide on the best way forward. Call 630-852-8485 to schedule a consultation or a free estimate today.