Garage Safety for Homeowners

If you worry about thieves stealing items from your garage take these preventative steps

Garages are like an Aladdin’s cave for thieves.  This is no surprise when you consider some of the ‘treasures’ you keep inside. Cars, bikes, tools and gardening equipment are just some of the items that are stolen and later sold for a bit of cash in hand.

There are ways to prevent petty garage pilfering and by taking this action you make it  an impenetrable fortress.

Lock it or lose it

Making sure your garage is locked is one way simple but effective way to reduce the risk of theft. Open garages are a total temptation. Keep them closed and locked when not in use. Never leave your garage door open, even if you are working in the garden, all it takes is for you to be distracted for a second and some opportunistic thief will have it away with your lawn mower or pressure washer.  Add high-security locks to improve safety measures in this area.

Light ‘em up

Security lighting is a sensible precaution if you want to enhance garage security. Place motion sensor lighting in strategic positions and at the first indication of movement the immediate areas around the garage will be bathed in light, along with any person that is trying to break into it.

Get alarmed

Add an alarm system to your garage as a visual and audible deterrent. The mere sight of an alarm box is enough to put some thieves off. Add to this the prospect of trying to steal items from your garage whilst the alarm is wailing and they are going to think twice.

Open your eyes      

If you want to monitor suspicious movements outside your garage install a modern CCTV system. This will enable you to keep close tabs on the perimeter and record any activity that seems odd. Domestic CCTV systems have gained a huge following in recent years being cost effective and extremely reliable.

We have many solutions designed to enhance garage security here at Mike B’s, contact us for more details, or call us today on 01455 891046.

Keep Your Home Safe Whilst You’re Away with These Simple Tips

Every time we leave our homes for extended periods of time, we’ll always worry about the safety of home. Whilst this is natural, there are plenty of simple measures you can take to minimise the risk your home faces when you’re on holiday. At Mike B’s, we’re constantly advising people how to maximise their home’s security whilst they’re on holiday; read our simple tips to keep your home safer.

Alarms

One of the best things anyone can do to keep their home safe is to install a working burglar alarm. The loud noise will disorientate and panic the thief, as well as drawing attention to your home. Burglar alarms are such a nuisance to a would-be burglar, that just by installing an alarm system; you’re less likely to suffer a break in.

If you’re planning to go away, you may wish to inform your local police office, so they can quickly react to your alarm going off whilst you’re on holiday. Obviously, a false alarm may get you into trouble for wasting police time, so you should only consider this if your area is suffering a series of break ins already.

The neighbour

If you’re lucky enough to have a close neighbour, or friends who live nearby, let them know that you’re going away, and ask them to look after your home. A trusted neighbour can offer a security blanket for your busy work schedule or holiday, as well as making your home appear to be ‘lived in’, another simple and underestimated deterrent.

Don’t make it obvious

Whether this is posting online about how excited you are for your two week holiday to Spain, or calling for a taxi from your home to the airport, being open about leaving your home for extended periods of time will alert any potential thieves that your home will be vulnerable. Having a friend drive you to the airport, having a taxi pick you up from the end of your street and being discreet when talking about your holiday are all ways to keep your home safer.

Locks

Ensuring all your locks are fit for purpose is another way to give your mind some ease. Although having robust and secure locks isn’t a definitive way of stopping someone entering your home, they can significantly make it harder for any potential burglar to break in. Similarly, having double glazed windows makes it much harder to break into a home, being much tougher than older, single glazed windows.

Contact us or call 01455 891046 to make your home as safe as it possibly can be whilst you’re away.

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