With Spring quickly approaching, you may want to begin planning your spring cleaning projects. For many, this could include your garage, especially since we tend to use this part of our homes for storage. However, when you’re working on cleaning up your garage, it’s also important to take some time to check how secure the space is! As some burglars have been reported to only need 6 seconds to gain access to a garage, you shouldn’t put this off!
Make Burglars Nervous With Lights And Noise
How appealing is your garage? While this may have become a space where you store old bikes and furniture, many still use this space to store valuables or even use it as an entry point to their home! So be sure to do what you can to discourage burglars from targeting it! Two of the best ways to do this is to keep your property well lit with motion sensitive lighting, as well as keeping the radio on to create noise as if someone is inside the building.
However, if you’re planning to keep valuables like electronics, paintings, or other easy to steal items in this space for storage purposes, it’s always recommended that you increase your security. Installing a battery powered alarm system or video camera are only two recommendations. Not only can this help to warn you if someone is trying to break in, but in some cases, it can also allow for discounts on your Home Insurance coverage.
Keeping Valuables Out Of Sight
Before a burglar picks a home to target, it’s safe to assume that they search around the property to see if there is anything of worth. In cases like this, burglars often look through windows or around the home itself. So if your garage has any windows, it’s always recommended for you to be proactive and keep valuables out of sight. This not only includes expensive tools or outdoor toys that you may store in the space, but any packaging that could tip off burglars for what is inside your home. One example is during the holidays when many homeowners leave empty electronic boxes for expensive gifts like televisions or gaming devices in their garage. Being able to see packaging like this automatically gives burglars an idea of what could be valuable to target not only in the garage, but inside the home.
If you can’t completely keep valuables out of sight, it’s then recommended to do what you can to limit the ability to look in through windows. Installing blinds, window shades, or even frosting the glass to ensure windows are blocked can help with this.
Secure All Entry Points
Are all of the entry points of your garage secure? As mentioned briefly, regardless of if you keep valuables inside it, or use it as an entryway to your home, you want to make sure it can withstand someone trying to force entry. So be sure to take a moment and inspect your windows, main garage door, and side door. You may find that over the winter months, the handles, trim, and doors themselves are now weathered, cracking, or falling apart. It’s as well worth mentioning to check that all of the doors and windows can be closed and locked easily!
Electronic Garage Door Tip: If you use a remote garage door
Maintain Your Lawn And Yard
It may not seem relevant, but if you want to deter burglars from targeting your garage, you have to make sure that they are not tempted to walk up to your home. One way to do this is to limit the hiding points or shadows that allow them to stay out of sight. Trimming tree limbs, so they are high enough to expose intruders lower bodies and keeping shrubbery trimmed low enough so someone can’t crouch to hide in them are only two ways to do this. As well, it’s worth mentioning that planting specific vegetation like rose or firethorn bushes can hinder thieves as their thorns can help act as barriers.
Every homeowner wants to keep their home free from break-in’s, but sometimes these things just happen. In events like this, it’s essential to have the right Home Insurance so no matter what happens, you can begin to get your life back to normal. If you’re curious to learn about how your Home Insurance could protect you if you have a break-in, contact us today!