As spring cleaning season approaches, it is a good time for home owners to make sure their property is secure and maintained. One of the most often overlooked home security measures is a home’s garage door, and now is a great time to update your garage door security. While many people don’t realize it, a garage door is one of the most vulnerable places in your home, as it can allow an intruder easy access. In addition to getting inside your home, intruders often target garages because they know that people keep valuable possessions there: cars, motorcycles, sporting equipment, tools, and more. Follow these simple guidelines to improve your garage door security and help protect your home more effectively.
Garage Door Security Tips:
1. Always close your garage door!
No matter whether you are inside the house or leaving to go out, an open garage door can let a burglar enter your home in the matter of seconds. People can often forget to take this extra security precaution or don’t do it because they think their garage is safe if they are in the house. But cases have shown that burglars will enter a garage not only to steal but also to hide out, and this applies to both attached and detached garages.
2. Updated Automatic Garage Door Openers
The technology used in automatic garage door openers has undergone a lot of development since the early models. This new technology makes it harder for intruders to break the code of used to unlock automatic garage doors. If your automatic garage door opener is an old model, consider updating it now.
3. Get a Key-Chain Remote Opener
New garage door openers come in the form of key-chain remotes so that you can carry your remote with you at all times. This way, you have the peace of mind knowing that if some one was to break into your car, they would not be able to gain access to your garage or your home.
4. Maintain Garage Windows
Keeping the windows on your garage in top condition is just as important as maintaining the other windows in your home. Loose and rotting window frames make it easy for burglars to pry a window open and gain access to the valuables in your home.
5. Treat your Garage like Your Front Door
Make sure internal and external doors leading to your garage are always kept locked and bolted. Many people may think that internal doors inside their home are safe if the garage door is down, but this is not true. You never know when a burglar may gain access to your garage and an open inside door is like an invitation to come in!
In addition, install a wireless home security system in your home, including your garage. A wireless alarm monitor will alert you and local authorities immediately if an intruder has entered your garage.