Garage doors are incredibly convenient, but they can also be a target for thieves if they’re not properly secured. After all, the last thing any homeowner wants is a burglar using a garage door to gain access to a house.
But what are the best garage door security measures? To help keep your home safe, here’s a look at some tips for securing your garage.
Hide Your Opener
Always keep your garage door opener out of sight. Thieves often break into cars to get garage door remote controls. They can snag a remote control and take one look at an insurance slip sitting in the glove box to find out exactly where you live. When you’re parked at work, the grocery store, or elsewhere, always keep your garage door hidden in an effort to discourage thieves from targeting your vehicle.
Choose a New Code
Keep your garage door codes safe and secure by changing them on a rotating basis. Add a calendar reminder to switch things up every six months (or on a schedule that meets your needs), and you’ll greatly enhance the overall security of your garage door and your home.
Inspect Your Door
Closely inspect your garage door from time to time. Check for cracked windows and gaps in the weather-stripping. Burglars might target these small vulnerabilities to break into your home through the garage. It’s always a good idea to inspect your garage door during transitions from season to season. For example, check for vulnerabilities when the cold winter months turn into spring. You may find that ice, snow, and winter weather have worn down weather-stripping or other portions of the door.
Install a Side Lock
Consider installing a manual garage door side lock to be used for when you’re away from the home for longer periods of time. This type of lock cannot be unlocked with a remote and requires you to manually unlock with your hand, making this an inconvenient task if you are opening and closing the garage door on a daily basis.
Choose to install motion-activated flood lights just above your garage door. If a thief is planning to gain access to your home through the garage door, these motion-activated lights can help deter unwarranted entry.
Keep It Closed
Always keep your garage door closed. Garage doors that are left open make it incredibly easy for anybody to steal your things or gain access to your home. Wi-Fi-enabled garage door openers make it possible to check whether your door is open from anywhere in the world. Take advantage of them to keep your home safe and secure.