Home Moving Security

Home SecurityWhile packing and getting ready for your home move you need to think about where to put all those boxes and how to keep things safe. In a perfect world, theft, burglary and taking things that don’t belong to us would never happen. Sadly, however, stealing does happen, and people use tough economic times as an excuse to cross the line.  More and more people are finding themselves victims of break ins. Especially at a vulnerable time such as during a move, it pays to be prepared and vigilant.

Prevention is your best defense. This article will focus on garage safety, since if you are moving your home you are likely to begin stacking boxes and valuables in your garage.

Did you know that there are videos on YouTube, which show how burglars can open an electric garage door in less than 10 seconds without breaking anything? There are inexpensive deterrent devices you can buy online to prevent this. Check out The Garage Shield for more information.

Think about it: if you were a thief, wouldn’t you rather simply walk away with a couple of packed boxes, rather than juggle a bunch of separate bulky items?

It is difficult, but up until the actual moving day, try to never let it look like you are moving. If your garage is attached to your home, keep the garage door closed. As you are packing move packed boxes into the garage for storage. If your garage is detached, it is not always practical to keep the door lowered as you move boxes back and forth. If possible, use the side door, or obscure the activity in your garage by parking cars in front of the garage.

As a general rule, keep your garage door lowered whenever possible, even when you are home. If you have a garage side door, be sure it has a deadbolt, and keep it locked when not in use. If there are decorative glass panes at the top of your garage door, or a window on the side of the garage, cover them with paper from inside.

You won’t be able to completely hide the fact that you are packing to move your home and storing items in your garage, especially from someone who is intent on looking, but your vigilant behavior will be a deterrent. Try to change your routine, install motion sensor lights over the garage, a barking dog is always a good deterrent. You can install inexpensive motion detectors which can be purchased at your local Lowes.

With a few simple precautions, your garage can be a safe storage area until moving day.  If you are moving things to your new home ahead of time. Remember to secure that garage and house, no one is living there yet which makes it an easy target for someone to enter during the night and take everything you just moved over.

Comments

  1. WOW – thanks for this (scary) info. I just returned from a 2 1/2 week vacation and was really glad to have found a house sitter so the house wouldn’t look empty. Will pass along to others . . .

    • KimTucker says:

      Not meaning to scare people but I do want our customers to be safe. Great idea to have a house sitter if you are going to be gone that long.

  2. Thanks for the good tips, Kim. This is moving season.

    • KimTucker says:

      It is moving season and everyone is moving this time of year and I’m sure all the burglar’s know that too.

  3. Mike Feller says:

    Good advice Kim. Thanks!

  4. Very helpful. Will share this with any of my clients who are moving. Thanks. K

  5. Thanks for the advice. This is another good reason to use PROFESSIONALS for all your service needs. Professionals know more than just the basics and help clients by providing additional information that can sometimes be more valuable than the initial service they were contacted about. Anyone can “move a box”. I’ve never heard this type of advice about preparing for a move. Very pertinent to everyone that moves.

    • KimTucker says:

      Bob thanks for the comments. I’m sure as a contractor security is always an issue for your clients doing remodels.

  6. Thieves are never going to murmur into your ears before theft. Yes in fact one need to think like thieves while avoiding theft. Precaution is the only way to prevent such hassle. Thanks a lot for sharing this information.

  7. Tampa Movers says:

    Thanks for making us aware of the issue which can turn moving into a great nightmare. Must be kept in mind.

    • KimTucker says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read our post. We are trying to educate the public on various issues. It’s nice to see people are finding value in what we are posting.

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