Unfortunately for many homeowners, a standard garage door can be a weak point when it comes to home security. And there are a couple of reasons for this. For one thing, older doors (those that aren’t electronic) can be opened by anyone strong enough to lift them. And even doors that you operate remotely often come with a backup plan like a grab handle that allows you trip a release mechanism and enable manual usage just in case the power goes out. What’s worse, many households never consider that burglars will walk right in through the garage, so they may leave the door that leads from the garage into the house unlocked regularly. But if you want to ensure the safety of your home and your family, you need to exercise a little common sense when it comes to garage security. Here are just a few tips to help homeowner like you keep the garage under lockdown.
Secure the door to the house. The door between the house and the garage should be just as secure as your front door. It should have a deadbolt that remains locked at all times as well as a peephole that allows you to see into the garage in case you hear a noise in the middle of the night (although to be really effective you’ll need to make sure you have an indoor switch for the garage light). And of course, your garage door should be hooked up to your home alarm system.
Cover windows. If your garage door happens to have windows, you should either replace it or cover the windows, and there are two good reasons for this precaution. One is that you don’t necessarily want burglars getting a gander at the vehicles, tools, and other items of value you may have stored in your garage. Further, you don’t want to make it any easier for them to break into your garage. The ability to look through the window while they’re trying to jimmy the safety release on your garage door will make the task indescribably easy (videos prove that it can be done in a matter of seconds).
Zip tie the safety release. The thing about having a safety release on your electric garage door is that you kind of want it in working order in case of an emergency, like if a fire knocks out the electricity in your home and your only escape route is through the garage, for example. However, you don’t want to be an easy target for thieves that can easily pop the safety and open the garage door. A good solution is to secure the latch with a couple of zip ties. This will make it nearly impossible for someone on the outside to get in (a hanger will bend before it breaks a zip tie) while someone inside can find a way to remove the ties in case of emergency.
Park your car inside. If you leave your car in the driveway with a remote garage door opener attached to the visor, you might as well be advertising access to your home. All a burglar has to do is break into your car and press the button to get into your home.
Update your garage door system. If you have an older model electric garage door, you might not have that many options (or any) for setting the frequency of signal used to open your door. This makes it pretty easy for unscrupulous parties to lie in wait, copy your signal as the door opens, and then break in when you leave. But with a modern model opener from a vendor like ABC garage doors and gates you should be able to use rolling-code technology that transmits a new code every time you open or close your garage, making it nearly impossible for someone to piggy-back the signal and reuse it later.