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.
When a garage is separate from the house, it is at higher risk for burglaries and vandalism than one that attaches to the home is, for the most part. Often, homeowners believe that obtaining the proper insurance coverage for their residence is the only security and safety measure that they need to take to protect their detached garage, but this only replaces loss. A smarter plan is to prevent the loss from theft and vandalism from happening in the first place. Learn some valuable information from the tips below on what preventative measures you need to take to accomplish detached garage security.
1. Secure Your Garage Door
You should always lock your garage door when it is not in use during the day or at night. A security measure, such as this, holds true for both manual and automatic doors. In addition, you may also add a padlock to the inside latch when you are out of town for an additional safeguard. Most of the thieves want burglary jobs to be quick and easy not difficult and time consuming.
2. Add Window Coverings and Security Bars
Do not allow the burglar or vandal an easy view of what is inside your garage. Cover the windows with shades or curtains. On top of this, install security bars on the windows to make it next to impossible for unscrupulous people to enter the garage through one of them.
3. Include the Detached Garage in Your House’s Security System
Include your home detached garage in your home’s overall security system. Install an alarm and a CCTV camera on it. Post signs around the garage to alert all who approach it that you are watching.
As a homeowner, you should always carry enough homeowners insurance coverage to replace your home, detached garage and all your belongings in case of theft and vandalism. Play it smart, though, by preventing crime as much as possible with the above tips.