Garage door security is a pertinent concern for almost any homeowner. Whether you are shopping for a garage door replacement, buying your first or simply trying to maintain your existing one, you can protect yourself and your home with these 10 security tips.
Why Garage Door Security is So Important
Garage doors are often the victims of breaking and entering attempts. In fact, they are the #1 access point for thieves and would-be burglars. Keep this in mind when you evaluate how important security is. Even if you live in the safest of gated communities, it never hurts to take some extra steps and ensure the safety of your family and your belongings.
Garage Door Security Tips
- First and foremost, close your garage at all times (including when you are home). It seems obvious enough, but we’d be remiss if we failed to mention this tip from the start.
- Look into technologically advanced garage door accessories such as the LiftMaster Opener app, which will allow you to close your garage door from a remote location if you forget to do so as you leave home.
- Remotes that you keep in your car are a bad idea. They’re convenient, but they offer easy access to anyone who manages to break into your car. Consider a keychain remote instead.
- Lock the door into your house from your garage. This won’t keep your garage safe per se, but it will restrict access to the rest of your house.
- Restrict outsiders’ vision into your garage. If you are buying a new garage door, look for one without windows. If yours does have windows, tint or frost them as much as possible. Thieves often look inside to see whether or not there is a car, which is an indication of who’s home.
- If and when installing a new garage door, take its make and material into account. Wood doesn’t go far in terms of garage door security — but steel certainly does.
- Get eyes on the outside. For those with a larger budget, consider installing a security camera. Or, you can install a peephole (wide-angle, preferably) so you can see who or what is outside if you need to.
- Lock your door when you’re away for extended periods of time. You might have a manual lock or a throw latch that you can padlock. If not, you can place a g-clamp on each track to lock it from the outside-in.
- If your garage door is automatic, secure the emergency release and make sure it doesn’t override the opener and allow the otherwise unlocked door to be opened manually.
- Finally, ALWAYS KEEP YOUR GARAGE DOOR IN GOOD SHAPE! Any needed repairs pose a serious security risk, so make sure you’ve gotten all your tuneups, inspections, etc.