Sometimes, good advice bears occasional reiteration. When it comes to keeping your home safe from intruders, you can never have enough tips and tricks up your sleeve. Your garage door is the largest portal into your home so it’s vital to secure it in every way possible against those who would use it as a way to gain unlawful entry.
Here are a few hints and tips to maximize the protection offered by your garage door. Some of them you will have seen before and some of them will hopefully be new to you. Feel free to take away the ones you think are most useful and be proactive in keeping would be intruders at bay.
Automatic Door Opener Security Tips
#1 Don’t let a car break-in become a home intrusion. Always remove your garage door opener remote from your car and take it with you, either into your home or wherever else you are going. If thieves break into your car and find the remote, they may well use it to gain access to your garage and take away whatever you have stored in there. Worse yet, from your garage they may try to get inside the rest of your home.
#2 Keep your door opener remote on your key fob or chain. This is the best way to avoid leaving the remote in your car inadvertently. If the remote control for your door opener is attached to your car keys, you be highly unlikely to leave it in your car by accident.
#3 Invest in a door opener which uses rolling code technology. With rolling code protection, your door opener remote transmits a brand new code every time you press the open or close button. With more than 100 billion codes, it’s highly unlikely that even hi-tech thieves with code grabbing devices will be able to get your garage door open.
Tips for Physically Securing Your Garage Door
#1 In case you are ever unfortunate enough to have someone break into your garage, a wide-angle peephole, installed in the internal door of your garage will let you investigate without opening the door. If you hear unusual noises coming from your garage, you can just use the peephole to see if you have any unwanted visitors.
#2 If your garage door is one with windows installed, it can pay to replace clear glass with a frosted design. This prevents would be burglars from seeing what’s inside your garage. Most housebreakers are opportunists and if they can see items worth stealing, are more likely to try and force your garage door.
#3 If you have an automatic door opener, the emergency manual release can be a weak point for security. This emergency release is often situated fairly close to the garage door. A cunning intruder may be able to trip the manual release by using a coat hanger, or something similar, inserted through the small gap between door and frame. To stop this from happening, secure the emergency release with a couple of cable ties. This will make it impossible for anyone to trip the mechanism from outside.
Many homes are broken into daily via the garage door. If you follow the tips described here, you can greatly reduce your chances of joining the list of people whose homes have been violated.