You've been planning a holiday and you've let your family members and neighbors know that you're going to be away for a couple of weeks. You've informed your security company that you'll be out of town and have somebody picking up your mail and checking on your home while you're away. The other thing that you'll want to do is make sure that your garage is protected. This is a common entry point for burglars and often the easiest way to enter the home.
Make sure your garage door is locked
Many people don't have a lock on their garage doors even though there is a door inside the garage leading to the house. They figure that the garage doesn't have to be locked if there's nothing inside it to steal as long as the door is secured that leads to the home. This can turn into a problem though.
Once a thief enters your garage, he'll have a much easier time busting down the door in the garage since neighbours won't be able to see what he's doing. He'll also be noise-protected in the garage and will be able to use different tools than what he would usually use when trying to break in through the front door.
Install a lock if you don't have one
If you don't have a lock on your garage door, call up a locksmith before heading out on a trip and get a good one installed. They are really worth the cost of investment when you consider everything that you could possibly lose should an intruder enter your home. Anything that you can do to make a thief think twice about robbing your home when you're away is a proactive step towards protecting your house and belongings.
A normal garage door is susceptible to an attack through the emergency release cable/handle that can be found near the top of the garage door. A criminal can use a tool that's much like a coat hanger to hook onto the emergency release. A thief can access this through the top of the door and pull on it from outside.
There are many garage door locks available that work with both automatic and manual garage doors. They add a second security layer to the door to keep it secure. If you use an automatic garage door opener, there are lock models that can seamlessly integrate with virtually any type of door opener on the market. These locks are definitely something to consider if you're heading out of town and want to make sure that your house is as secure as it possibly can be while you're gone.