Tips for Garage Door Security

Well June is Garage Door Safety Month, but you may already be aware of that from our previous post last week. So, you know how to be safe around your garage door and you know how to avoid accidents while operating it, but we think that garage door safety also extends to security. You need to be able to protect the valuables stored within your garage. Garage doors are a common weak point when looking at the security of a home as they are an easy target for thieves. Not only are garage doors a weakness, but they also provide criminals with shelter once they're inside. No matter how safe you think your neighborhood is, good neighborhoods are the first place criminals like to drive through to case houses.

Here are some additional steps you can take to make sure your home isn't ripe for the picking:

  • Don't leave your garage door open for extended periods of time. This can be inviting anyone to have a look at your valuables and case which items they'd like to take. Whether it's people scouting your garage or wild animals trying to get in, both can be easily avoided by keeping your garage door shut and secure.
  • If your garage door has windows, consider using a frosting spray on the glass or cover the windows somehow. You don't want criminals to see what's inside your garage or advertise that you are not at home.
  • Keep your garage door locked. If you have a manual garage door, get into the habit of locking it. If you already have an electric opener installed and it is engaged, then this will act as a lock. If you are going out of town, padlock the throw latch on your garage door. If you don't have a manual locking mechanism on your garage door, then use c-clamps tightened down on each side of the door track to lock down the door.
  • The entrance door from your garage to the interior of your house should be as strong as your front door. Look for a solid-core wooden door or reinforced steel and install an anti-kick device. This creates an extra layer of security for your home.
  • Another easy deterrent is spotlighting the area around your garage. Motion-activated spotlights are inexpensive and make it much harder for a thief to skulk around.
  • Don't leave your car keys or your garage door remote in your vehicle. This is a common mistake that many homeowners make. If a thief gains access to your garage, then they have your vehicle too. If a thief breaks into your car while you're away, they can steal your remote and possibly your address and then have an easy way into your home.
  • We recommend that you use a keychain garage door opener. This gives you a level of convenience as well as security that is just not possible with a car visor opener.
  • Upgrade to a modern automatic garage door opener that features rolling-code technology. Your remote will transmit a brand new security code each time you press it. There are over 100 billion codes, so the likelihood of a code grabber working are very slim. Look for Lift-Master's Security+ line that features this technology.