As we enter spring and summer, ensuring your garage - and your belongings within it - are secured becomes more important than ever, as garage crime increases around this time of year.
You may not keep a car in your garage, but that doesn’t mean your garage isn’t an attractive prospect to a thief.
Garages often contain valuable items which are easier to steal and easier to sell than just cars, such as power tools and bikes.
Often left unattended as items are removed from the garage - for instance moving a barbecue to the garden
Often not protected by an alarm system
Often provide access to the house, via doors much easier to gain access through than front or back doors
Provide cover for gaining access to the house
Thieves often already know there are guaranteed valuable items in your garage - when you open the door they can see them!
With us accessing our garages more and more as the weather heats up there’s increased opportunity for them to get a look at what’s inside, and to gain access.
Consider extending your home's alarm system to the garage to detect intruders, or fit a separate garage alarm.
Upgrade your garage door locks to include steel lock bars
Don't show criminals what's inside. If you have windows in your garage cover them or make it difficult to see in using window films or frosted glass
Consider adding garage defenders - these not only add extra security but also act as a visible deterrent.
Lock valuable items up. This makes it harder for a thief to take, even if they get in.
Consider installing loop cables. These are long braided steel cables with a two-bolt anchor locking point. Fix them to the walls or floors and pass them through expensive property such as quad bikes, etc. Some cables are alarmed.
Check the external area around the garage entrance. Make it as hard as possible to hide from view by keeping it well lit and foliage trimmed.
Keep your garage door maintained - locks that look weak will be more attractive to a thief.
If your home is connected to the garage, keep this door locked at all times. Consider upgrading the door or locks.