Many very old homes – and newer homes that are designed in the style of older homes, have detached garages. While a detached garage has certain benefits – especially in terms of car fumes, the fact that they are separated from the home makes it more difficult for homeowners to protect them from damage related to vandalism, or prevent determined burglars from stealing things that are stored in the garage.
Despite the challenges of securing a detached garage, homeowners can do simple things to protect their property and deter vandals and thieves.
1. Put Dead Bolts on Doors
A door that is secured with a deadbolt is far more difficult to break into than one that has nothing but a regular key lock. You may want to double lock the door by having a lock in both the door knob and on the door.
2. Install Motion Sensors on Inside and Outside Lights
Motion sensors can be very effective because they help a homeowner be more aware of things that may be going on outside. A motion sensor will turn the light on when there is movement outside. On the inside, however, the motion detector may be more sensitive, and it’s not unusual for the sensor to go off because it’s very windy outside. That may be an inconvenience, albeit a minor one, but it’s also a good way to get your attention and make you more aware of what’s going on outside.
3. Create a Pass Code for Remote Garage Door Openers
Thanks to technology, many garage door openers can be operated remotely – from smartphones or other devices. Intent hackers could probably figure out how to enter your garage by using their own smartphone or other device. If you create a unique pass code that you change often, you will make it much more difficult for intent crooks to have their way.
4. Secure Valuables Within Your Garage
If your family members keep bicycles or other sports equipment in the garage, don’t be overconfident about how safe they are. Locking bikes and other equipment that may be stored on overhead racks or other space-saving storage systems may be an effective way to deter vandals or burglars. The more difficult you make it for predators to get to your proper, the less likely it is that you’ll be victimized.
5. Choose Garage Doors Without Windows
A windowless garage door will prevent predators from seeing what is inside your garage. If you have windows on the sides of the garage, make sure that valuables are not visible. By making it as difficult as you can for vandals or burglars to see the contents of your garage, you reduce the likelihood that you will be a target.
6. Opt for Heavy Garage Doors With Audible Openers
A flimsy garage door can easily be bent or dented, allowing perpetrators easy access to your garage. A heavy well-built garage door is harder to finagle or damage, and that is another thing that will deter would-be crooks from victimizing you. If the garage door opener technology is noisy, you or your neighbors are sure to hear the door open when no one is pulling into the driveway, and nobody in the family is standing in front of the door.
A detached garage has advantages and disadvantages. Many people store things in their garage that they need for household maintenance. They may also store outdoor equipment that family members use for activities.
A burglar or vandal will likely scope out the area before they commit their crime. No matter how much or how little you spend to beef up your security, the money you spend will be more than worth it because your efforts will make your garage so unappealing, no criminal will waste time trying to break in.