As weather gets warmer some people will leave doors open in their homes to cool off. A couple of points of access that are sometimes neglected or overlooked are the garage door, the side door leading to the garage and the door from the garage to your home.
The Chula Vista Police Department wants to remind everyone that taking a few safety precautions will help you avoid break-ins and thefts.
Top 10 tips for avoiding garage related break-ins:
- Don’t leave your garage door open.
- Don’t leave the garage door remote in your vehicle – If a thief breaks in to your car and steals the remote he has a way into your home.
- Invest in a keychain remote opener.
- Secure your garage door emergency release.
- Put a deadbolt on the door between the outside of your house leading to your garage and keep it locked.
- Make sure the door from your garage into your house is as secure as your front door – Ensure you have a strong, sturdy door made out of solid-core wood or reinforced steel and install an "anti-kick" device.
- Install a wide-angle peephole in the door between your house and your garage – You’ll at least be able to see what’s going on if you hear a strange noise; rather than opening the door to find out.
- Frost or cover your garage windows – Don’t let criminals see when your vehicle is gone.
- Padlock the throw latch on your garage door when you’re out of town – If you don’t have a manual lock on your garage door, you can use a c-clamp tightened down on each side of the door track to effectively “lock” down the door.
- Don’t neglect maintenance on your garage door, the door from outside to your garage and the door from you garage to the inside of your house; check the frame, locks, hinges and any replaceable items.
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