Are you concerned about security or dodging salespeople? A closed garage door is an excellent deterrent. Keeping clutter stashed out of sight is another tip to keep thiefs from targeting your home. Following is an article that makes logical suggestions concerning parking and keeping unwelcome visitors from your home.
Do you have a wonderful garage with double or triple spots, electronic door openers and windows galore? Even if all you have is a old wood garage behind the house with one single pane cracked glass window, take note.
Buy some curtains to cover the windows.
If someone wants to know if you are home, for example that persistent encyclopedia salesman, Watson products flogger or a burglar, then seeing an empty driveway AND no cars in the garage is just a big indicator that no one is home.
You do want some light in the garage, just not full interior visibility. In previous homes, I made little cheapie curtains with fusible web (the no sew alternative) and a little tension rod that fits in the window frame. The windows did not face the street and curb appeal was not an issue. The thing about most garages – they are not things of beauty. Don’t spend gobs of money. If you really want to go uptown and get window treatments that repeat what you have on your regular windows, test to make sure that there is no way to see through them to the inside of the garage.
If you don’t have a garage and always park in the driveway, ask your neighbours to park in your driveway while you are away on vacation. In my neighbourhood there is a line up of people wanting more parking space so this is not a problem. Having some movement, cars coming and going, is a deterrent.
At the end of the day, if someone wants in your house, they will get in but trying to reduce the opportunities is worth the effort. Sadly, you want to make your neighbour's home a better alternative.
Photo credit: Personage and Birds, from Houston Club Garage 0710101230
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