Protecting Your Garage from Burglars

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Many people overlook one of criminals’ favorite entry points when considering home security. Sure, your front and back doors are locked, and windows secured, but is your garage equally equipped? Garages are a prime entry point for burglars. Ignoring your garage leaves a big hole in your home security. A sturdy garage door may seem like a formidable barrier, but it’s actually one of the most vulnerable spots in your home.

Garages often contain valuable appliances and equipment, not to mention your vehicles, and they often provide burglars with direct, private access to the rest of your home. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure burglars break in through your garage.

Extend Security Components to Your Garage

A monitored home security system is proven to be one of the most effective ways to ward off thieves, yet many homeowners only use their systems to secure the living areas of their homes. While your interior door should be equipped with an entry sensor, exterior cameras and motion-activated security lights around your garage may also be enough to make a would-be burglar rethink targeting your home.

Upgrade Your Garage Access

Many homeowners still keep their garage door remotes permanently clipped to the sun visors. While it makes parking in the garage much more convenient, it provides a tempting target for thieves when you leave your car at work or parked outside the house. Upgrading to a keyring remote or home automation system minimizes the risk of a thief stealing your remote while still providing continual access to your garage. With Scott Alarm’s LiftMaster system as part of your home automation package, you can also remotely open and close your garage doors from anywhere via computer or smartphone. You can even receive alerts if your garage doors are left open.

Enhance Physical Security

Security cameras and lights are strong deterrents to most burglars, but if a criminal does gain access to your garage, there are a few precautions you can take to minimize theft.

  • Secure your valuables – It may seem like a pain, but it’s easy to chain things like lawnmowers, bicycles and other expensive equipment to make a burglar think twice. Power tools should be placed in locked cases, and personal documents should be moved to an interior storage area or attic.
  • Practice proper window safetyGarage windows are vulnerable. Beyond being an additional entry point, they allow criminals to easily peek inside, and homeowners rarely place security sensors in their garage. Frosting window panes and barring windows on the inside can prevent intruders getting inside your garage.
  • Replace old doorsSince many Florida homes are more than 20 years old, they likely have old, weak garage doors. Most homeowners don’t know garage doors should be replaced every 15-20 years due to weather damage and security upgrades.
  • Always lock your entry door – While there are plenty of valuables in your garage, a criminal’s ultimate target lies within your home. Leaving the interior door unlocked may be convenient, but criminals count on this for easy access to the interior of your home.

Ultimately, there’s only so much that stronger doors and locks can do to stop a tenacious thief. True peace of mind comes from knowing you have a trusted expert watching over your house, even when you’re not there. Scott Alarm has protected Jacksonville families and homes for nearly 50 years. With local technicians and industry-leading, live-redundant central monitoring facilities, you can rest assured that no emergency goes unnoticed.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a local home security expert.