The garage has become an essential part of many homes due to the lack of parking spaces available but this still does not allow for the fact that many homes have more than one car. This problem is one that does need addressing to ensure our residential streets don’t get clogged up with parked vehicles which make it harder for emergency vehicles to get through.
During the 1930’s when there was a massive housing boom many houses, surprisingly considering not many people had cars, were built with a brick built garage. And in the early years, I would expect, were used for the same purpose as a garden shed or workshop until the family could afford a car of their own. When they did finally obtain a car it would lovingly looked after and kept dry and secure in these garages.
I do remember when my father-in-law required a lift to work from a colleague. He was given a lift to work and dropped off and his colleague then drove home again, dried his car with a chamois and put it in his garage before riding to work on his bike in the rain. Can you imagine that nowadays? They really did love their cars, probably because they understood the value of money and because they valued their belongings.
Later on, garages were built integrated into the house with a direct door into the home. These were great went it was raining as you could jump out of the car and straight into a warm house. If they had added a remote controlled door it was even better. However, these garages which were great had a potential weakness and that it was easy for someone to access the garage and gain access to the home in relative peace. It’s very easy to be a little lax when you don’t realise if someone got into the garage that your home should be at risk.
This is why you need to be careful with any garages and ensure that all security measures are in place. Whether you have a brick built, steel, plastic or timber garage, such as these garages from 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, you need to be careful as most garages hold many items which can help a burglar break into your home. Now it’s bad when they break into your garage or shed but breaking into your home is a whole lot worse.
The basics are to ensure that your garage doors are in good condition and that they have a good, lock on them, and most importantly, ensure these are used. As garage doors get older then can ‘give’ a little so it’s important to check the doors for this. I would suggest imagining you are a burglar and try to break into your garage. Give a good yank or bash against the door – does it move? Gently use a spade or screwdriver between the doors (you don’t want to damage them) and see if the doors open. If they do then you need to rectify this weak spot.
The door between the garage and the house, if appropriate, should be a good quality deadbolt type lock. I would also recommend that the door jambs and hinges are reinforced to resist a brute force attack. Ensure that the screws in the hinges are substantial and ideally security type screws so they can’t just be unscrewed.
Follow the above guidelines if your garage is a ‘stand-alone’ building. If you have any windows you can make them more secure by the addition of metal bars on the inside, again secured with security screws. Ensure the screws are at least 2 inches long, if possible. If you are unable to fit bars then cover the windows with a blind or curtain so that you are not broadcasting to passing thieves what valuables you have in there,
You can also add a motion detector alarm and light. This will alert you to any attack by sight and sound. It will also put off any casual intruders very easily as they do not want to be seen or caught.
By following the above guidelines so you will make it harder for any intruders and hopefully deter from attacking your garage. However, it is important to get into a habit of locking and protecting your garage from attack. Besides the risk of losing valuable from your garage, these intruders can often use the tools in the garage to gain access to your home. This is something you don’t want. Don’t end up wishing you had been a little more careful.