Garage doors are usually weak links when security is viewed from the whole-home approach, allowing burglars or thieves an easy entry to you home. They are not only a weakness but also give criminals a good shelter once they enter your home. To a common passerby, a truck pulled up in an open garage will look in place thereby drawing little or no attention.
However, in addition to the introduction of modern automatic door openers that features the rolling-code technology in which your remote transmits a new code each time it’s pressed, most garage break-ins can be warded off by simply taking a few elementary things to reinforce and secure your garage’s windows, overhead and service doors.
The following 12 things, if followed to the latter, will help to secure your garage door:
Ensure you carry the garage door remote with you – Thieves know exactly where to get your garage door remote once they access your car. To deny them an effortless entry into your home, remember to carry your remote each time you leave your car.
Reset your remote’s rolling-code if lost – If your garage door opener suddenly goes missing, there is a possibility it’s in wrong hands. Reset your opener’s rolling code to disable the lost remote
Buy a keychain remote opener – instead of using the old remote that you clip on to your visor, purchase the keychain remote opener which you can easily leave with your car and garage door keys.
Always keep the garage door locked – it’s always inconveniencing to use a key every time you come home. To avoid this, have a deadbolt fixed on the door that separates your house and the garage. This will minimize the chances of forgetting your garage door unlocked
Ensure that the door leading into your house from the garage is a secure one – Ensure that the door leading into your house from the garage is very strong and sturdy. In fact, the door should be made of solid-core wood and reinforced with steel.
Install an Anti-Kick on the door- Have an Anti-Kick device installed on the door to defend it against burglary kicks.
Always close your garage door – It’s amazing to see most people leave their garage door open all time round. Unbeknownst to them, leaving the door open 24/7 is inviting thieves to pop in their heads and snatch any available valuables.
Frost or cover your garage windows – Don’t do criminals any favors by allowing them a chance to “window shop” your garage. Use shades, blinds or curtains to cover the glass. You can also use a translucent film on the glass which can obscure vision and still allow in light.
Lock the throw latch on the garage door with a strong padlock when you are away – Use a manual lock on your garage door when you are away from home. If you don’t have one, use a C-clamp to tighten each side of the door track.
Carry out regular mechanical maintenance on your door and its parts – Frequently keep an eye on the mechanical parts of your garage doors, specifically parts of the roll-up garage door. Check the frames, hinges, locks and any item that can be replaced on both the door from the garage to the house and the roll-up garage door.
Make a strategically placed wide-angle peephole on the door leading into your house from your garage – instead of opening the door to check out what’s taking place if you hear noise or sense something strange, you can use the peephole to check it out.
Bar the windows and lock them well – Most windows are relatively easy to pry open. Thieves will often try to access your garage through such windows if using the door proves difficult. Screw the windows shut if they are the type that you don’t open and fix strong bars across for ultimate security.
In conclusion, to ensure maximum security for your garage door, frequently test your systems for any possible vulnerabilities and keep exercising on these ideas. Don’t wait to lose your valuables to thieves for you to start observing them.