If you're going away over the summer break, you will need to make sure your home is safe and secure.
You probably check your doors and windows twice before leaving home for a holiday. However, you may be ignoring the most vulnerable area of your home - your garage.
Thefts from sheds and garages are on the rise, according to the Bureau of Statistics, and it's an important time to make sure these spaces are secure.
ADT Security has these solid tips:
Check the locks
Make sure that your shed and garage are fitted with secure locks, preferably one that is unable to be cut with bolt cutters. ADT Security advises always choosing the best quality lock within your price range.
Similarly, it is necessary to check the hinges on your doors, and that your shed door is in a good, strong condition.
For those with doors connecting their home to their garage, ADT Security suggests you consider an automated door that can be locked remotely, using a smart device.
Rethink what you keep in storage
Don’t leave items such as sharp tools, ladders or gardening equipment lying around as these can be used to gain access to your property, ADT notes. Likewise, power tools and sporting items, like golf clubs or baseball bats, should be hidden or secured.
Remove any items of sentimental value from your garage and move them to a secret place inside your house.
- If you have an alarm system, extend it to your shed and/or garage.
- If you leave your bike outside your house, remember to chain it to a strong anchor point.
- Label and record the serial numbers of valuable or expensive items, such as power tools, electronics, even white goods. Displaying the serial number on the item may make it less desirable to a burglar. In the event your goods are stolen, you will also have a record to show police or your insurance company.
- Make sure your home insurance covers the contents in your shed or garage.