When considering home security options, it is easy to overlook the items that you keep outside as well as your garage and shed. Even when the garage is attached to the house. There are a lot of expensive items being kept in these locations that you do not want to lose to a savvy burglar. If you want full protection of all of the valuables on your property then you must also be thinking about these storage areas when looking at home security systems.
Think about the contents in your shed and garage. Most homeowners have an array of tools used for landscaping and gardening. There are also other tools to consider that are very costly to replace. Do it yourselfers will usually have a garage stockpiled with expensive power tools and car repair tools. Sports enthusiasts may have their ski equipment or fishing gear inside of the gear. All of these items are potential gold mines for a robber who can easily sell them at a pawn shop or even over the internet.
The most expensive item you may be storing in the garage is your car or motorcycle. Is it really safe to keep your vehicles in a garage that is not protected by a home alarm system? Motorcycles are an especially easy target as they can typically be rolled right out into the street. You may as well leave your brand new Shoei motorcycle helmet sitting on the seat. That way your burglar won’t even get hurt if he skids out while making a get-a-way on your bike.
So why aren’t homeowners doing a better job of securing their garages? For one thing, it is often seen as unnecessary. Especially for home owners who use an electric garage opener. For them, the garage is like a landing zone, with the alarm system control panel usually inside by the door leading to the interior of the house. These home owners believe that the electric garage door opener is enough of a deterrent for this space. It is not. You would be terrified to realize how easy it is for a burglar to get into your garage the same way that you do.
The only solution to ensuring that your garage and shed are not burglarized is by making them a part of your home security system. If they are detached, this may mean investing in a wireless system. If the garage is part of the structure of the house, it can easily be wired into the system. This may mean jumping out and deactivating it fast once you open the garage door electronically, but that is a small price compared to replacing your Harley Davidson and the badass lid you just bought that goes with it.
Not securing your garage and shed is the equivalent of buying a safe and writing the combination on the top. These are vulnerable areas of your home that house and store very expensive items. Protect those items the same as you do those that are indoors by tying everything together with your home security system.