Leaving your home for a vacation is supposed to be all about unwinding and relaxing. Your home’s well being is most likely one of the furthest things from your mind when you are away sipping cocktails on a beach or climbing mountains somewhere. However it sadly does happen that those on vacation are targeted and homes and garages are broken into while home owners are away. In order to combat this there are a few things you can do to keep your garage door secure while on vacation. If you take the time to do just a few precautionary measures when it comes to your home and your garage before heading out on the road or to the airport then you will be able to rest even easier during your vacation knowing that your home is safe and secure. When it comes to security many of us like to put it out of our minds, especially when you are trying to focus on relaxing and connecting with your family, so keep these tips in mind before you next leave home in order to breathe easy and use your vacation to focus on the things that really matter.
The first thing that you can do to keep your garage door a bit more secure and up your peace of mind is to turn off the garage door opener. There are a number of ways to do this, but the reasoning for why is all the same. Garage doors and garage door openers are very secure, but if you have a keypad outside the old “a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters” adage comes in and it makes sense that given enough time and the right tools somebody could break in. That however does not mean that you should make it easy for anybody, so take the garage door opener out of the equation and lock your garage door into the closed position. You can do this a number of different ways. Many garage door openers have an “on vacation” setting that is meant for just this type of situation. You may also want to simply unplug your garage door opener if it plugs directly into an outlet, effectively turning it off until you get back. You can also simply shut off the power to your garage door opener from the circuit breaker, which takes a bit more know how, but really not any more than the average home owner should be able to handle. If your garage door opener is locked down then things are going to be a lot tougher for anyone trying to use it. The great part about this is that it will save you a few cents on your energy bill and can be fixed in just a few minutes when you come back from your vacation. All in all it’s an easy way to stay just a shade safer.
When you are out of town for a few days or even a few weeks there is more you can do to keep yourself from worrying about your garage and your home than simply turning off your garage door opener however. One of the best things your can do, and something that has been mentioned as a security measure in previous articles is to get to know your neighbors. It’s a simple little trick that will keep your mind at ease for likely years to come. Get to know your neighbors well enough that they know when you will be out of town, but not well enough where you would feel obliged to plan a vacation with them. The means that 90% of the vacations you take will then have somebody to watch your door and garage door and so they will be able to all you up if they notice something fishy one day on their way to or back from work. It may not keep your garage or home from getting broken into, but it will keep you from worrying about coming home at the end of your trip to a house that’s been broken into.
Another easy thing to do to protect your home and your garage from theft while you are away is to lock down your garage door even more. Your garage door is one of the biggest and most common entry points for both you and intruders, so it is a good idea to do all you can to secure it while gone. If your garage door does not have a “vacation mode” then you will most likely want to lock it down further than simply making it not work with the garage door opener. On the side of your garage door there should be a latch that you can throw to further lock down your garage door. Push this latch so that you can not open the garage door and reinforce this mechanism with a simple padlock or combination lock. This will keep your garage door extra secure while you are away and make it near impossible for anyone to break in through your garage door opener. The lock will also take you only a minute or so to unlock and put away while keeping your garage much safer. The minor sacrifice of just a short minute and a few dollars for a new pad lock, or no money at all if you have one lying around, is well worth that extra layer of security.
Getting to know your neighbors is something that really everybody should be doing. However, if you aren’t the most outgoing or sociable person then see it as something that will benefit you in more ways than just finding a new friend, but as something that will boost your security. Your garage door is one of your biggest tools in home security because it is one of the most targeted entrances for intruders. This means that things like locking your garage door when you leave and making sure that your garage door opener is turned off in some way when you leave can make things for an intruder much harder and hopefully stifle any attempts to break into your home. At the very least these obstacles should give a neighbor enough time to notice a stranger spending an odd amount of time at your garage door, causing them to call you or the police to put a stop to it all.