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Detached Garage Safety & Security

August 18th, 2016 | Posted by Brenda Snow in Homeowners Insurance | Insurance Company | Insurance Coverage

Burglars can enter your home through a window or door of your house. Another common way they can steal is through your home detached garage. It’s wise to have homeowners insurance coverage. Here are tips for detached garage security even if you have insurance coverage.


Cover windows. Put privacy film over the windows of the garage so thieves can’t see what you have.


Secure the windows with bars. Buy security bars at a hardware and home improvement stores. You can make your own using 1/2-inch threaded steel pipe. You’ll also need two tees, two 3/8-inch washers and two 3-1/2-inch by 3/8-inch lag screws for each bar placed 6 to 8 inches apart.


Keep your transmitter on a keychain. If you have an automatic garage door opener, get a transmitter for your keychain. This is safer than keeping a larger one in your car.


Put a strong lock strong on the service door. Reinforce door jambs with metal plates. Make sure your door has a deadbolt lock. The lock should be ANSI Grade 2 or above. Use 3-inch-long screws on door hinges for maximum security.


Prevent entry via the emergency release. Stop burglars from using a wire hanger to hook onto the manual door release to open your garage door. Attach a piece of wood that is 1 inch thick and 4 inches wide to the top of the door from inside the garage. A piece of wood that is 8 feet long is sufficient for most doors. Use screws to secure the wood over the gap that thieves search for.


Even with the best detached garage security, sometimes thieves win. Make sure you have insurance coverage for your home detached garage. Contact your agent to discuss your homeowner insurance coverage.

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