The second part of A GUIDE TO SECURING YOUR GARAGE centres on the importance of home security...
For many victims of burglaries and home related crimes, the whole experience is incredibly traumatic, and can have serious, long-lasting effects. Anybody who has ever watched an episode of Crimewatch on the BBC will know that these instances are quite common, and in a number of cases, unavoidable. But there are many cases where these incidents could have been prevented, or the risk considerably lowered.
A number of households don’t make the necessary changes until they have already been a victim of crime, and by then the damage is done, at least in the extreme cases where the burglaries also involve violence. But at any level, if your home has been broken into, there is always the chance that you will be targeted by the same criminals again, or by others. Becoming known as a home that is too big a risk for criminals to target is what every home should be aiming to be.
Protecting Your Family
Your family is sacred, and whether your home is shared between two people or ten, the people who occupy the home are your responsibility and it goes without saying that you will want to protect them and keep them safe at all costs. Children and elderly people are more likely to be traumatised by the event of a burglary or incident at the home, so it is vital that we are up to speed with things like technological advances in security products – alarms, lighting, locks, etc. – and are implementing them into our security plans wherever possible.
If you have children, it is even more crucial to have excellent security and the highest possible standard of windows, doors and other points of entry, e.g. the garage, conservatory, etc. Criminal activity is important to safeguard against, but flooding and general poor maintenance of windows and doors can lead to accidents and incidents, so it’s important to keep on top of this too.
We all know that when the weather is good, the whole family want to get outside, whether that’s into the garden or into the car and out for the day to soak up the sunshine. If your family are planning on spending a lot of time around the front of the house, then a little knowledge about your garage door is a necessity, for the sake of safety.
A garage door is the strongest, heaviest moving object to be found in a home, and if neglected, mistreated or played around with in any capacity, could be the cause of a nasty accident. And nobody wants that.
A Garage Door Guide for Parents
For parents, taking a little extra time to read up on what to look out for when a garage door needs a repair or maintenance job doing is a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It will make for a safer home environment for you and your family and will also make your home look more pleasing to the eye for you and guests to your home.
If you have a roller garage door, the chances are it will come with a remote control to open and close the door using an electric system. It is very important that you do not allow children to access the remote control unless they are supervised or at an age where they can be trusted not to see the door (and remote) as a plaything.
The workings of the roller garage door are technical but not impossible to understand. There are a number of guides on how to clean and maintain the door to be found online, and various companies who will either give you advice or come to your home and check it out.
What To Look Out For
When you have your garage door installed, it should come with instructions and the fitters will be able to pass on their knowledge and experience to you. It could become very handy in the long run.
Things to look out for include:
- Creaking sounds when the door opens/closes
- Difficulty opening or closing the door
- Temperamental – Not always working effectively
If any of these signs are becoming an issue, it is definitely a good time to put your DIY skills to the side and call in the experts.
Ensuring that your family is aware of just how heavy and potentially dangerous the garage door could be if not treated properly will go a long way to safeguard your family. After all, that is one of the key reasons for having one installed at your home in the first place.
The Community at Large
Keeping your family and your home safe and secure is understandably going to be the priority for you, but there is also the local community to consider too. If a community pulls together and looks out for one another, the crime rates can fall significantly. There are groups like the Neighbourhood Watch to join, who work tirelessly to make villages and towns as safe as can be by working closely with the local police authorities and sharing information about any criminal activity at meetings. It is an extremely useful and important part of fighting crime.
By having schemes like the Neighbourhood Watch, and by building solid relationships with our neighbours and local communities, it will put the word out to criminals that they shouldn’t be operating in that area, and will likely deter them from doing so.
The Our Watch website has plenty of information including times of meetings in your area, safety advice and lots of other information for you to get hold of and get involved in. If you are new to a specific area, it is a great way to meet your local community and integrate yourself into it. You never know, you might need somebody to watch over your home when you go on holiday, or somebody to keep an eye out on your pets. Either way, any activity that unifies a community can only be seen as a positive thing.