Among the top home security mistakes one can make, leaving the garage opener in a highly visible place reigns supreme. Sure, the garage might be secure. It might even be incredibly secure. If you’re not prioritizing your clicker’s safety, however, you might be at risk. Below, we’re covering the five places you should never leave your garage opener. Read on, and keep your home locked up.
One: Under a Fake Rock
Likely, you’ve seen the false-bottom rocks at the department store. They’re secure—usually—but thieves are well-accustomed to the old “plastic rock in the bush” trick. In fact, it’s one of the first places they’ll look. If you’re going to use a false-bottom rock, make sure it’s in a well-hidden place. Otherwise, you might be sacrificing your garage’s best safety features.
Two: In the Car
Thieves know this hiding space well, and they’ll exploit it immediately. Even if you’re stowing the clicker in the glove box, a home thief who’s dedicated will have been watching your habits for days—if not weeks.
Three: In the Kitchen
If there’s a break-in, thieves sometimes come back for more. A surprising number of homeowners don’t realize this, leaving their garages unprotected after the clicker “goes missing.” Sometimes, thieves won’t even take anything on the first strike. The open door—or even signs of a forced entry—might result in your garage clicker being stolen if it’s highly visible.
Four: In the Mailbox
Sometimes, homeowners hide their garage clickers in the mailbox. It makes sense, right? Who’d steal from a mailbox? Well, thieves do. They’re already looking for banking information, bills and other useful information. Don’t give them access to your entire home.
Five: At a Neighbor’s House
If you’re going out of town, make sure your neighbors are aware of your opener’s location. Alright, you can entrust them with its security. That said, they’d better be good about it. Why double the risks by securing your home’s entry within their home. Again, thieves are crafty. If your home is at risk, they’ve already mapped out your schedule—and your neighbor’s. If they break in next door, they’ll put two and two together when the stolen clicker doesn’t open their garage.
So, what can you do? First, keep the clicker with you as much as possible. If you need to detach it from the keys, put it in a safe. Your keys, too, need to be secure. Keep them in bedrooms, if possible, or hide them out of sight in main rooms.