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Protection 101: How to Prevent Garage Break-Ins

Nov 29, 2022

These days, traveling has seen a spike. Revenge traveling after two years into the pandemic has become more popular. Everyone is eager to book flights for a relaxing holiday because they haven't traveled to any new places since the outbreak began.

If you are one of those who have jumped on board, you have undoubtedly been traveling recently and have therefore been choosing to spend less time at home. However, there is a piece of you that frets about your home and your possessions. And when on vacation, you wouldn't want to constantly worry about your home's safety, yeah?

Data indicates that over 1.5 million house burglaries take place in the United States each year, not that we're trying to make you feel anxious. It is not difficult to believe that the front and rear doors are the most often used points of entry for thieves. These doors were typically not locked either. The windows and garage serve as additional potential entrance opportunities.

Being organized and safe pays off. Nobody wants to have a robber creeping around their house stealing their valuable items. Your home's security may need to be reviewed. Consider putting preventative security measures in place to shield your home, including your garage from intrusions and unwelcome events.

Consider your actions from the perspective of a burglar.

One of the first security recommendations is to act like a burglar, as strange and bizarre as it may feel. Consider the several ways a thief may break into your house. Walk around the perimeter of your house and garage while keeping this in mind. Do any of the entryways appear to be weak points? Check the effectiveness of your outside lights at night while doing this as well.

Constantly secure your doors, particularly those leading to the garage.

Although this safety advice should be basic knowledge, it is frequently ignored. Always check your doors periodically, especially if you have to lock them manually. Use a clamp-on padlock for additional security if you plan to spend the night out or have long days of vacation. Additionally, it would be best if you regularly inspected your doors to ensure that all of the components are in good working order and start replacing any old or broken ones.

A thief will find it more difficult to enter if there are automated garage door openers. A door with a triple lock mechanism could work if you don't want to install an automatic one. It also wouldn't hurt to add an exterior door for extra security. However, always remember to double-check the doors before leaving.

Keep your garage door closed until absolutely necessary. It's possible that you purposely left your garage doors open while completing a task to let some fresh air in. It is strongly recommended not to leave them accidentally. Doing so would leave an impression that everyone is welcome to enter your house. Your garage is completely open to the public, including bystanders. A passerby can be enticed to do something even if they have no intention of doing so after seeing what is in your garage and house.

Veer away from installing clear glass windows in your garage.

Clear garage windows make it simpler to see inside and plan a potential means of escape, just like leaving the doors open. To avoid this, you may install shades or drapes designed expressly for the garage and cover the windows with them. You might also choose to use frosted glass instead of transparent film to cover the garage windows. By doing this, you can keep your garage's contents hidden and still allow light to enter.

Keep your garage neat and tidy.

You can't walk around easily in a disorganized garage. The organization holds the key to your safety. The likelihood that you won't be able to adequately safeguard your belongings increases if you leave your garage in a disorganized state. The door is now open for burglars to break into your home.

It may seem overwhelming to organize your garage. For starters, you can't just let additional things be placed on your garage floor by removing space from where your car usually sits. It can thus take a lot of planning and ingenuity to try to accommodate everything you own while still sharing space with your automobile.

The smart solution for all your woes is installing an overhead garage storage rack. Optimizing the ceiling space and converting it into a storage space would be the perfect solution for decluttering the garage. The unused overhead space can become your haven to store important stuff that needs a new home outside your living space.

One such amazing storage is the Fleximounts GR48F Basic 4′ X 8′ Overhead Garage Storage Rack. The heavy cold-rolled 14 gauge steel construction ensures long-lasting use and provides safety loading up to 600 lbs with ⅜" plywood or thicker. The high-quality screws supplied in the package are thicker than industry standards and have gone through strict tests. 

For your convenience, the rack's height may be changed. With a dropping range of 22 to 40 inches, it can hold up to 105 cu. This is superior to comparable racks on the market, which have a maximum 88 cu. in capacity and a maximum drop-down height of 33 inches of storage. The GR48F is 96 x 48 x 22-40 inches.

Additionally, because it can be installed perpendicularly as well as parallel, the GR48F Basic 4' x 8' Overhead Garage Storage Rack offers installation practicality. You simply need to make sure the vertical posts are 48 inches apart in either situation. You may use a stud finder to detect the ceiling joists if the ceiling of your garage is completed with drywall.

The rack consists of four corner triangles and two frame reinforcement bars. The rack is a specially designed vertical post allowing embedded deck mounting. And for added peace of mind and security, it has multiple mounting points for attaching the deck and frame firmly with tapping screws.

This Fleximounts overhead storage rack provides space for flexibility and creativity as you can customize the color of the wooden decks or, even better, recycle the old wooden boards that you have lying around the garage or lawn. But note that the recommended size is 4'x8' and a thickness of at least ⅜". Also, you can choose Fleximounts wire grids as the base or deck for the rack. Either way, it provides sturdy storage for unused and seasonal items.

Do not worry about the installation, as it is easy to comprehend with the installation instructions and template that go with the package. And you do not need to be a construction expert to do such a garage project.