Preventing Theft With A Garage Door

Posted on: 27 February 2017

Your garage is a potential jackpot for a burglar, since you use it to store things ranging from your car to power tools. That's why you must pay extra attention to the security of your garage and the main entry point, the garage door. It's a potential security vulnerability, though it's possible to make a garage more safe by following some helpful tips.

Secure The Remote Opener

You may not realize it, but the easiest way for a thief to get into your garage is with the remote. This is because people often have their garage door opener in plain sight in their cars, and if you leave the car parked on the street or in your driveway, it makes your garage an easy target.

For starters, do not program the automatic opener built into your car's sun visor. There is no easy way to disable the remote, and it's possible for a thief to activate the garage door with something as simple as a long metal coat hanger shoved through the top of the window. Use a separate remote that can be removed from the car, and take it with you when your car is parked outside. If possible, order a key fob opener that stays on your key ring so it is always with you.

Install A Padlock

While a padlock is not a practical way to secure your home's garage door on a daily basis, it can give you some added security when you're going to be away from the home for a long time. The lock can be put on the garage door's throw latch, which makes it hard for the garage door to be forced open.

Cover The Windows

If someone can see inside your garage, they'll know exactly what you are storing inside it. You should cover windows with a reflective tint that makes it difficult to see inside but still allows natural light in. Frosted glass is another option that gives you total privacy.

Install An Alarm

You may have an alarm system installed for your home, but is it installed in your garage as well? Motion detectors that make a loud alarm go off can be a huge deterrent to a thief, especially when it draws attention to your home. In addition, don't depend on your home's garage door to stop a thief, and keep the lock between your home and an attached garage secured for added security. 

For more information and tips, talk with a garage door service company.