As many homeowners know only too well, the advent of summer tends to bring with it a rise in the number of burglaries and break-ins. With valuable items, such as barbeques, tools and bicycles finding their way into the garage, thieves work that little bit harder to help them find their way out. In addition, it’s the time of year when many people decide to go on their holidays, leaving their houses unattended for weeks at a time. With garages being the prime target and a direct entrance into the home, we thought we’d put together a few anti-burglar tips for you.
Cost-effective and simple to install, motion-activated lights are a great way to deter would-be burglars. Position them above your garage door and in any areas around the garage that are poorly lit. Thieves thrive on the shadows and a sudden spotlight could be all it takes to send them scurrying.
Modern garage doors are made with multiple locking points making them much harder to compromise. Even if they are able to damage the outer skin of the door, the locking points can help to provide a secondary obstacle, which may be just enough to see them give up. Whether you’re nipping out to the shops or going abroad for a couple of weeks, be sure to keep your garage door locked.
Maintaining your Garage Door
Even your garage door’s appearance can send out a message to would-be intruders. If yours is poorly fitted, rusty or looks past its sell-by date, it’s far more likely to attract unwanted interest than a garage door that looks pristine. A burglar wants things to go as quickly and as smoothly as possible, so something that looks as though it’ll put up a fight is going to act as more of a deterrent than something that looks as though it might succumb to a can-opener.
If your garage door doesn’t measure up, the security of your home and your garage could be at risk. For free and friendly advice on the garage door that might best for your needs and your budget, feel free to get in touch with us.