Have you ever had someone steal something from you and/or invade your personal space? Whether it’s a car or purse there’s always that terrible feeling of personal invasion. When it’s something even larger, like your garage and home, feelings of unrest increase. The “how did this happen to me?” sets in and the sense of serious danger hangs over your head. The garage door can be a weak point in your home’s security, but not if you are careful. Don’t let this happen to you!
There are numerous tips out there to help prevent break-ins through your garage door, but it would be hard to do them all. We’ve picked out the top 10 tips from around the web and from our own personal practices. Read through them carefully, if possible complete them all, and your garage door will not be an easy entrance point!
- Do not leave your garage door open, even if you are at home. It seems obvious, but break-ins are much easier if the door is unlocked and opened.
- The door in the garage leading to your home should be strong and locked. This is usually a door that remains unlocked because the garage door will keep it safe. However, if the garage door is able to be manipulated, easy access to the home will encourage more damage.
- Black out or frost over the windows on your garage doors, if it has any. An intruder can glance through the windows to see if anyone is home and what’s inside the garage.
- Consider using a keychain garage remote. A garage remote keychain allows you to have the opener on your person at all times, rather than leave it attached to the visor in your car.
- Make sure your garage door closes all the way when you are leaving or headed inside. Just a few extra seconds spent in the driveway will create a greater peace of mind.
- If your car is not parked in the garage, ensure that your doors are locked and the garage door opener is hidden or bring it inside with you. The garage door opener should not be visible from outside the car.
- If you are going out of town, you have three options. If it’s possible to do all three, go for it. Better safe than sorry.
- Manually lock your garage door (if you have the capability), or
- Unplug the automatic garage door opener, or
- Padlock the throw latch on your garage door.
- Any valuables that may be stored in your garage should be secured and put away. When the door is open they should not be visible.
- Keep up on maintenance of your garage door and any points of entry, both into both your garage and home. Regularly check for erosion, loose screws, broken parts, etc. This is an easy step to prevent devastation.
- Allow us to come help you make sure your garage door is safe and secure. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your garage door or garage door opener! Contact us for help!
We wish you the very best and hope you never have to live through a home invasion or garage break-in. Put one or more of these tips to use and you should be free to relax knowing you and your home are safe. Are you thinking of purchasing a new garage door? Read our recent article about the various options you have. If you have questions, we are here to help! (620) 275-4602.