4 questions to ask yourself when inspecting your garage security

Garage security is one of the most overlooked aspects of home protection. Garages hold some of our most expensive belongings, and still most of us have the habit of leaving the doors unlocked or even open. This gives burglars an easy opportunity to take whatever they please and even enter your home undetected.

Burglars focus their attention on a garage for three main reasons:

  1. Lots of valuables are stored in a garage (your car(s), lawn equipment, tools, bicycles, etc.)
  2. Most people don’t spend a lot of time in their garage, so a burglar has a good chance of being undisturbed during the break-in.
  3. If it’s an attached garage, a thief can have easy access to a home’s entryway.

So the big question is, “How secure is my garage?” You think it’s well protected, then let’s check it out. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when inspecting your garage security.

  1. Is your garage door in good condition?
    • Are any of its panels loose or broken?
    • Is the door so weathered that its hinges and locks could be easily broken into?
    • Tip: Replace damaged panels, hinges, and/or locks.
  2. Does the door have a secure lock?
    • Secure lock = a strong lock that has a keyed entry from the inside but not outside.
    • Tip: An effective way of improving security is by adding a padlock with a hasp and staple to the inside of the garage.
  3. If there is a side door to the garage, is it a solid-core wood or metal door?
    • Does it have a deadbolt lock with a key access on the inside?
    • Tip: Replace unsturdy doors and add a strong deadbolt. Also, consider a door with no windows.
  4. Are your garage windows secure?
    • Keep your windows locked at all times.
    • Replace broken hinges and locks.

4 questions to ask yourself when inspecting your garage security

Garage Security Tips:

  • Always lock your garage doors and windows.
  • Don’t leave your garage door open. (Burglars can scope out what valuables you have)
  • Don’t leave keys in your car.
  • Lock your car.
  • Store valuables in locked compartments.
  • Have your windows tinted, so intruders can’t see what’s inside.
  • If you haven’t changed the factory code on your garage door opener, do it now.
  • If you live in a high-crime area, consider adding an alarm system.