buying your first home - what you should know

Protecting Your Garage And Home From A Break-In

Every homeowner cares about the safety and security of their home, but they oftentimes overlook the importance of making sure their garage is also secure. Garage doors are one of the easiest points of entry for criminals. Here are some helpful tips for you to consider when it comes to safeguarding your garage.

Don't Advertise What's In Your Garage

Drive around any neighborhood, especially on a nice day, and you will see countless garage doors wide open. A criminal scouting your subdivision sees the same thing. They see potentially thousands of dollars ripe for the picking. They see your lawnmowers, your snow blower, and your tools. There is more to protect than just your expensive electronics inside your house. If your garage is attached to your home, they can also get a better feel for the layout of your home. They can see where the interior door to your home is located and what kind of door it is. They can see where the garage door leading to your backyard is. They can also potentially see through to your backyard and whether or not it is fenced in and if you have a dog. If you have windows in your garage or garage doors, use frosted glass spray paint to add an additional element of security to your home. This will prevent would-be thieves from seeing whether your vehicle is in the garage to determine if anyone is home.

Get A New Garage Door Remote

So many people use their visor clip on garage door remote. While this may be convenient, it isn't very smart. How often do you remember to lock your car doors when you are parked in your driveway? You can have a locksmith make you a new key fob garage door opener to keep on your key chain. This way a savvy criminal walking by won't be able to snag your opener out of your vehicle and gain entrance later. While the locksmith is there, have them check the manual lock on your garage door or install one if your door doesn't already have one.

Reinforce The Entryway Garage Doors

If you have an attached garage, your best bet is to install a steel security door for both the entryway to your home and the other entryway to the garage itself. This will ensure you have the best security possible to keep intruders out and your family safe. Have a locksmith install a jimmy-proof, heavy-duty deadbolt lock and strike plate and a contractor reinforce the surrounding studs to prevent it from being able to be kicked in. 

For more information, contact local professionals like Suburban Lock.