If you’ve recently poured a hefty sum of money into upgrading your garage you should probably consider how you to protect that investment now that your new garage is complete. When it comes to home security, you should never neglect your garage.
Many homeowners make the mistake of forgetting to secure their garage, which can be one of the more important areas when it comes to vulnerability to theft and damage. For a would-be burglar, the garage is often the first, and easiest, step to gaining access to your entire home.
Especially after you’ve just renovated your garage, it’s extremely important for you to consider how to keep your garage safe and secure. These tips are designed to help you do just that:
Put in a Security System
While installing a home security system might be a bit pricey up front, the initial investment is often worth the time and money you’ll save to replace items if they are stolen from your garage. Once your new home security system is installed, it will require very little in the way of regular maintenance and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that you have 24/7 video surveillance at your disposal.
Keep Windows Covered
If you still have some expensive equipment or tools in your garage after your remodel, it never hurts to decrease the visibility of those items from the outside. Putting up blinds or curtains will eschew even the casual observer from taking a more curious peek into the contents of your new garage. If you still want to keep the garage full of natural light, try utilizing translucent or opaque glass, which will let light in but still prevent anyone too curious from seeing inside.
Install Motion Sensor Lights
Even if motion sensor lights come with your newly installed security system, you should also think about installing motion sensors on your other outside lights as well. Motion sensor lights detect both body temperature and movement, so a burglar that’s getting a little too close for comfort at night will all of a sudden be caught like a deer in the headlights.
Secure your Garage Door
While you may not have even considered it, your garage door should be secured just like any other door in your house. However, many of us do not take the time to latch the garage door shut from the inside every night. Installing a deadbolt, having more than one lock, or installing padlocks with a pre-programmed entry code are just a few ways you can upgrade the security of your garage door.
Remove Garage Remote from your Vehicle Overnight
If you’re recently renovated your garage to make it a more useful space, you probably aren’t parking your car inside. If this is the case, you should get into the habit of removing your garage door remote from your vehicle when you go inside for the night. While this seems like one of those common sense tips, it’s also one of the easiest tips to forget.
Use a Garage-Door Timer
Sometimes you leave your house in a rush and your garage door sits open for hours inviting anyone and everyone to have a look inside at their leisure. Installing a garage door timer is a great way to avoid this scenario. You can determine how much time you’d like to elapse before the garage automatically shuts itself.
Since you’ve invested into your garage space, it’s important to also do what you can to keep this space safe and secure. The tips mentioned in this article are designed to help you protect the safety and security of your new investment.