Got A Garage? Here’s How To Stop It Being A Security Hazard

As a homeowner, the main concern is to keep the property and safe and secure as possible. Let’s face it, your home is your castle and no one should be able to bypass its defences easily. The thing is that some abodes do have features that are not safe, such as a garage. Yes, it is perfect for parking your car and keeping it off the street, or as a place to get away from the family, but that doesn’t make it safe. The shocking truth is that thieves often use a garage as the main point of entry into a property. As the owner, it is your responsibility to ensure it isn’t burglar-friendly, and here’s how.


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Make Repairs ASAP

Garages are often out houses that are open to the elements. As a result, it isn’t uncommon for bad weather or external factors to cause damage. Most people don’t care about it unless it is significant, so most leave the repairs until further notice. This is the biggest security error you can make because garage door repairs are essential. Not only do secure doors dispel thieves in the first place, but broken ones are easier to bypass. The key is to fix any flaw as soon as it appears to ensure that the garage is as tight as every other feature of the house.

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Don’t Go Electronic

Yep, pressing a button is easier than getting out of the car and opening the garage but hand. However, it is also less secure. For starters, all it takes is for you to misplace the control and anyone can have access to the entire house. It might fall into the hands of thieves, it might be found by the neighbours, yet you can’t take the chance. More worryingly, automatic doors are hackable. It sounds silly, but burglars can connect to the system and open the doors remotely. A traditional garage with a deadbolt doesn’t have these issues.

Cover The Windows

Some garage doors have windows. To most people, windows are a harmless feature that they can take or leave. But, underneath the surface, they are an aid for criminals. Although thieves can use the garage as an entrance into the house, they will also check it for cars. If there are valuables motors inside, they won’t think twice about kicking down the doors and driving off with your vehicle. A window allows them to see what is inside and what isn’t, which is why they need covering. Alternatively, you can replace the door for one that is solid.

Don’t Forget To Close It

Sometimes, theft is not the garage’s fault – it is yours. It is amazing how many people leave the garage doors open while they are doing something else. Sure, you might be around the corner, but you will not be able to react in time. Anyone that walks past will be able to pop their head in, have a look around, and steal the valuables. The worst thing is they will be able to take their time!

Even if you are only going to be a minute, always close and lock the garage.

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A Garage Of A Different Design

When you think of a remodeling project in the home, you might not think about the garage. This room is just as important as the others as it is sometimes used for storage if you don’t park your car there, and it can be used as an extra space to enjoy peace and quiet. A garage remodeling contractor can give you tips and ideas on the best ways to make over the room so that it has the function and appearance that you desire.


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The garage doesn’t have to be a room with tools and colored in gray and black. It can be an area with a girly touch. Add wooden hooks on a wall for the rake, shovel and other lawn items. Instead of boxes and cabinets with a neutral color, add those that have brighter colors, such as orange, yellow or pink. Give the garage a vibrant appearance so that it’s somewhere you want to go during the day.

Create a home office in the garage. Add a desk and bookcases so that you can work from home or so that the kids can get homework done in an area that is quiet. You could also remodel the garage so that it’s a family room. Add comfortable couches and chairs along with a television and video game system. This could also be an area where the family watches movies together or plays board games before bed. Add some colorful paint to the garage with a few rugs or carpet to create a mudroom. This is an area where you can take off your shoes before entering the home and a room where your pets can go to get mud off of their feet before going inside the house.

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Taller cabinets that are used for storage can be placed in the garage. However, add cabinets that have a bright exterior, such as stainless steel, so that the garage isn’t as dull. Use the cabinets to keep holiday decorations and other items that aren’t used on a regular basis during the year. Portable storage and colorful plastic containers are also an option.

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