The good news is that in 2015 the number of burglaries from residential properties dropped by 8% on the previous year. But that’s no reason to be complacent about the security of your garage. From time to time, news stories appear in local papers about thefts from garages – often reported because of a spate of thefts -and often opportunistic. Items that tend to be taken in garage thefts are bicycles, lawnmowers and garden tools rather than cars, but their value can still run into thousands of pounds.
So the security of your garage is vital, and there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure the security of your property inside.
Don’t forget to close the door!
Sometimes it’s as easy as that – a lapse of concentration could make life very easy indeed for an opportunistic thief. Most of us will be in the habit of always closing the door – especially a remote controlled door – but if you need extra peace of mind, you can invest in a garage door monitor (which you can buy for between around £15-£40) which you keep in the house, so you know at a glance whether or not the door is open or closed without having to go outside to check.
Keep your garage remote with your keys
Many people leave their garage remote in their car – it’s much more convenient! But to make doubly sure in terms of security, get a smaller version which you can add to your keychain so you have it on you at all times.
Installing motion detector lighting near your garage door won’t just deter thieves, it’ll also make your life easier when you’re leaving or arriving in the dark.
If your garage has windows, use frosted glass or cover them with window frosting film so no-one can look in to see what you keep in it. And make sure your garage windows are as secure as the windows in your house – there’s no point in having a secure garage door if burglars can get access through neglected windows.
Maintain your garage door
Make sure your garage door is well maintained to keep it in tip-top condition. Whilst you’re doing this, keep an eye out for corrosion or damage which can be dealt with before it becomes a security risk.
New garage doors
Garages with old doors are easier for thieves to break into, so if you’re worried about protecting your property, it’s time to invest in a new, secure door that’ll protect your property properly.
If you live in Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, London and Middlesex and would like to discuss your needs for new garage doors, contact us or visit our showroom in Cheshunt for more information.