Anyone who’s experienced the infuriating and unfortunate event of having a home or car broken into knows the importance of garage door repair. Being the victim of a robbery changes the way you think when leaving the house every day.
Burglars can rob a person of his or her feeling of personal security. However, the positive flip side to that loss is a strengthened knowledge of how to defend yourself and your home from future break-ins.
A phrase commonly uttered by people who have just has their homes invaded is “I thought this was a good neighborhood.” People who have the means to afford a house in a safe, affluent neighborhood do so because of the peace of mind and sense of security it offers them. They choose to live in an area with friendly, trustworthy neighbors where they feel they can leave the front door open and run to the store often without locking anything behind them.
But while these neighborhoods may be full of nice people, there are always not-so-nice people aware of their habits that like to prey on unsuspecting, comfortable people.
When living in a house with a garage, it is common to use the door in the garage as the main point of entry into the house. It is also common for people to leave this door unlocked because of the feeling of protection the garage itself gives. Many people leave their car doors unlocked as well for the same reason. But what about when the garage door breaks? A home in need of a garage door repair can look like a blue light special to a neighborhood bandit.
One day, some less-than-innocent bystander may see you struggling to get the garage door to function properly or may notice that it does not close all the way. There are many garage door repair needs that put your possessions and safety at risk. Get in touch with a company that handles garage door repair at the first sign of a problem.
Likewise, any other security-related home improvements, such as broken locks or broken windows should be fixed as soon as they are detected. The small cost of having these things repaired could save you more than you would lose in case of a theft.
Avoiding garage door repair isn’t the only way to risk the safety of your belongings. Many families with kids just starting to get old enough to drive or come home from the bus stop by themselves often put their homes at risk by placing a spare key in a less-than-clever hiding spot. Under the doormat, in the mailbox or under a potted plant are popular choices. Aside from being totally predictable, this method allows anyone luring around to see the child retrieve the key from the same spot every day. It takes just one short trip to a hardware store to make a sufficient number of key copies to distribute to each member of the household so that “hiding” the key in plain sight won’t be necessary.