Garages and tool sheds are often broken into and burglarized. This is due to the fact that a burglar can get in and out of them easier and with less chance of being seen and/or heard. There are a few simple steps that you can take to protect your garage and your tool shed to make them less attractive to criminals and make it more of a risk for them to try to get into them. This article will walk you through the steps you can take so you can get started on adding that protection as soon as possible.
Cover the windows
Your garage and shed should have blinds on all of the windows that can't be seen through, even when the lights are on. This will prevent people from being able to see what you have in them when they are passing by your property.
Any windows you don't want to put blinds on should have a dark tint or a reflective tint put on them. The tint will also make it so someone can't see in. The less someone knows about what you have in the garage and shed, the less the chances are that they will be tempted to break into them.
Secure the doors
If you have a garage door that manually opens, make sure it has a secure lock on both sides of the door, not just one. If the door opens automatically, then you want to secure the emergency lever to the track so a person can't open the garage door from the outside with a thick wire. You can do this by putting a zip tie through the small hole in the emergency lever and looping it around the track located above it.
Your tool shed should have a sold door on it that also has a deadbolt. Regular door knob locks can be easy for a seasoned criminal to get in to, whereas deadbolts are nearly impossible to get through. Also, make sure you have a door on the shed that doesn't have any windows in it so they can't break the window to open the lock from the inside.
Install a security system
Having a security system installed in your home is one of the best ways to protect it from intruders. However, the systems don't always cover the garage and tool shed the way they should. Make sure, during security system installation, that door sensors for the garage doors and that you have cameras that cover both the garage and the tool shed.