26 Sep How to Effectively Secure Your Garage Door from Intruders
Your garage door is one of the weakest points of entry for your home, and therefore is a prime target for intruders. Thieves commit crimes of opportunity and so they, like all predators, look for the weakest point to attack. That is why it is so important to have garage door security. If you keep your garage door safe then you greatly increase the safety of your home. Here are some tips to help you effectively secure your garage door from intruders.
Always Remember to Close the Garage Door
The first line of defense in securing your garage door is simply to remember to keep it closed. This can be harder to do than you might think since it is easy to forget and leave the door open, especially if you get distracted by other things. Since the garage houses tools, bicycles, and our cars, leaving the door open is sure to attract intruders and give them an incentive to come in. Don’t make that mistake. If you have a habit of forgetting to close the garage door you could set up an automated timer that closes the garage door on its own at a predetermined time. That way you don’ have to worry about it as much and you can sleep easy knowing that you haven’t forgotten to close the garage door.
Cover the Garage Door Windows
If your garage door has windows then it is imperative that you cover them with a frosted film or perhaps with curtains. You could even use cardboard but this is a slightly unattractive option. If you don’t want to spend money on frosted film then this may work for you, though. This will prevent thieves from seeing inside your garage and giving them the desire to steal what you have. Any way that you can reduce visibility to intruders helps prevent break-ins and keeps you safer.
Don’t Keep the Garage Door Remote in Your Car
Having the garage door remote stolen is a sure way to give an intruder access to your home. Leaving the remote in your car attracts thieves who would want to steal it in order to gain easy access to your home. Instead, try buying a key fob remote that you can keep with you at all times. They can be purchased inexpensively at major hardware stores and online. This lessens the likelihood that a potential intruder would get hold of your remote, and does not provide a tempting target for them to steal from your car.
Keep a Radio On at Low Volume
When you are away from home, one old trick to make someone think you are there is to leave a radio playing in the background of your garage. While this may seem silly, you would be surprised at how many burglaries have been prevented by it. If you give the illusion that you are home, then thieves, who are opportunistic by nature, will probably pass up your house and go on to an easier target.
Install Motion Detecting Lights
One of the best ways to improve garage door security is to install motion detecting lights. Crimes are committed at night for a reason. Criminals don’t want to be seen. If you install motion sensitive lights then whenever an intruder comes up to the garage door they will be flooded with light and this will probably scare them away since they don’t want to be detected. The cost for doing this may seem like it isn’t worth it, but in the long run it is not that expensive and it is worth the value of your home and possibly your life if you prevent even one break-in by installing them.
Securely Tie the Emergency Garage Door Release
While it may not be present on every model, most garage doors come equipped with an emergency release to help you leave the garage in case of fire or other emergency if the door is locked. This latch is found on the inside of the garage door. Unfortunately, it is possible for thieves to trigger this latch from the outside using a wire, so the best course of action is to securely tie it using a rope or some zip ties. This will prevent any intruders from being able to trigger the release from outside your door but still allow you to trigger the release from inside the door by untying the rope or breaking the zip ties.
Install a Camera With Adequate Lighting in Your Garage
Having someone actually break into your garage is a nightmare scenario. What exactly do you do if it happens? Well first, you need to be sure that there are actually intruders in your garage in order for you to call the authorities. This is where a camera and light sensors come into play. If you have a camera installed in the garage then you can see what is going on and record it for later evidence. But you need to make sure you have the light sensors as well since most break-ins occur at night and it will be dark in the garage. Once you see what is going on through a peephole or an app on your phone then you can make a decision as to what to do next.
Keeping your garage door safe from intruders is an important task, and well worth your time, planning, and even some expense to get done right. The last thing you want is to have intruders in your home from faulty security. But if you remember to never leave the door open, cover the windows, keep the remote outside your car, keep the radio on, install motion detecting lights, secure the emergency release, and install a camera with adequate lighting then you will be well on your way to keeping your home safe from intruders.