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The garage often has other purposes than just storing your precious vehicle(s). Some people use it as a workspace, others turn it into a gym, while others use it as a safe space for storing precious items that couldn’t fit in the house anymore.
However, because it’s somehow separated from the main house and often less reinforced, the garage is often the target of burglars. They target the garage as a point of entry because the doors are often weak, and many low-end open/close systems can be tricked.
So, if you plan on storing your valuables in there (including your cars), it’s best to take measures that will increase the overall safety of your garage and home. Here are a few things you can do right away without investing too much.
#1: Get Your Garage Door Opening Easily
If you use a door that needs to be manually opened and closed, the chances of you leaving it open and unsupervised for even a short period of time are quite high. Also, the same happens with a system that’s difficult to operate or has hiccups.
Since the door is often the main point of entry, it’s a good idea to invest in one of the best-in-industry residential door operators. Most of these can be mounted on the wall or ceiling, so they won’t occupy precious garage space, plus the more advanced ones can be controlled using your smartphone (via an app).
Also, door operators nowadays come with several safety features such as motion sensors and automated lights, and some can even detect if you’ve left the door open by mistake or if the door hasn’t closed properly. These are almost impossible to trick by an intruder and will keep your belongings safe.
#2: Create Dedicated Storage Spaces
Whether you want to use the extra space for storing equipment or you want to safely store your precious art projects, you’ll need a separate area where you can organize and lock away sensitive items.
For instance, if you want to organize everything on a wall, you’ll need a system of shelves and boxes where each item can have its own place. You can turn this into a fun DIY project and build your own garage shelves, or you can hire a local craftsman to do the job for you. Also, you’ll need some safety boxes where you can lock away your valuables to keep them away from dust, heat, or light.
#3: Install a Proper Lighting System
Because it’s the garage (or the storage space), many homeowners ignore the need for a proper lighting system. After all, when you’re looking for something, a weak lightbulb and a flashlight are enough, right?
But this couldn’t be further from the truth. If you want to turn this into a safe space, for work or for storage, you’ll need a working lighting system. You should also connect the lights to the movement sensors, so if anyone dares to barge in, the surveillance cameras will be able to capture the intruder.
Plus, nowadays, you can use LED lighting that is low-consumption and durable. So you don’t have to worry about the energy bill.
#4: An Alarm System
Whether you connect the garage to your home’s alarm system or use an individual one, it’s not that important. What matters is to use a system that works with the motion and heat sensors in the garage to know when something isn’t right.
Also, it’s a good idea to have at least one wide lens surveillance camera inside the garage and one camera that oversees the door. This way, you can have different angles and footage if someone manages to break in.
Overall, your garage space should be treated with the same care and consideration as the rest of the house. After all, you don’t want anything or anyone snooping around your valuables, right?