For many homeowners, a break-in is a constant fear – if not a living nightmare to contemplate. It’s clear to see why. Not only can all your worldly belongings be endangered should someone be able to access your home with ill intent, but the safety – even the lives – of yourself and your loved ones could be in real danger.
Unfortunately, garages can be one of the key entry points for anyone planning a burglary. In fact, certain shocking public demonstrations have revealed how easily many garages can be broken into, simply by strategically using a coat hanger on the emergency latch of the door mechanism.
Here are some assorted tips for making your garage as secure as can be, whether that means a garage remodel or just some selective tweaks.
Remove the cord from the garage door’s emergency release lever
The emergency release lever for your garage door will frequently need to be tripped during events such as a power outage, so that you can manually open and close the door instead of being stuck at home.
In order to make it easier to trip this lever, it’s common for a cord to be attached to it for easy access. Removing this cord can make your garage door significantly harder to open for would-be thieves. Of course, you need to be sure that you have a way of accessing the lever when you need to, if you do end up removing the cord.
Lock your door’s release lever into a neutral position
Depending on the exact structure of your garage door’s release lever, you might be able to lock it into a neutral position using a plastic cable tie.
This would make it much harder for thieves to engage the release mechanism, but – as long as you leave the cord attached – you should still be able to force the mechanism into action with a sharp tug.
Of course, you need to make sure that whatever system you come up with the can be overridden by you in a pinch – without breaking the mechanism or leaving you stranded.
Install a purpose-built shield to prevent the pull rope being accessed by a wire hanger
There are purpose-built shields that you can buy and easily install in your garage, that are designed to prevent a wire hanger or similar implement from reaching the pull rope.
The idea is that these devices will block outside access to the emergency release mechanism, while still keeping it in place and ensuring that you can access and utilize it easily.
Lock and secure the door connecting your garage to your home
While it might be convenient to leave the door from your garage to the rest of your home unlocked – or even open – when not in use, it’s a very good practice to get into the habit of keeping it locked as much as possible.
This door is the last barrier separating the rest of your home from the outside world, if any intruder does manage to access your garage. You might even want to investigate solutions like a heavy duty deadbolt to keep the door in place when it’s not in use.
Use motion sensing lights and garage door alarms
Would-be burglars will often be deterred from trying to break into your garage if a motion sensing light comes on and makes them clearly visible during the attempt.
Even if that fails, though, you can have garage door alarms that you set up and activate when you are asleep.