Have you ever heard “your house is only as secure as its weakest entry point?” For many, that entry point is their overhead garage door! Many homeowners put their focus and money into installing a secure front entry point while the garage door gets put on the backburner. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, around 9% of burglars break in through the garage door. Continue reading to find out five ways you can improve the security of your home’s garage!
Update Your Garage Opener
Garage doors have quite a long lifespan, one that may outlast your time in your home. If you do purchase a home with an older garage door you can opt to upgrade your garage door opener. Modern garage door openers have wifi capability and will send alerts to your smartphone. You can also install a smart garage monitor like the Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Control which connects to the frame of your door and syncs to your smartphone. The monitor will alert you anytime someone opens the garage door.
Secure Your Door With A Lock
If you have a manual garage door with a handle it is smart to install a lock on the exterior of the door. An additional way to deter thieves is to install a lock on the interior of your garage door like the Clopay Sliding Interior Side Lock. This lock attaches to the inside of the door and the frame. Once installed, the locking bar must be secured into place manually. Locking this additional measure during the night or for an extended time away from your home will ensure that no one is able to manually open your garage door from the outside.
Improve Exterior Lighting
Many home burglars operate in the dark. A sudden burst of light is enough to deter most thieves away from your home in the middle of the night. Installing motion sensor lighting is one of the easiest ways to improve your home’s security. There are two options of lights to install: traditional and solar-powered. Solar-powered have an effortless installation process without the need to go through the electrical wiring process. However, traditional motion sensor lights have the widest range detection base. The Amico 3-Head Security Lights With Motion Sensor can detect motion from up to 75 feet away, AND they’re inexpensive!
Don’t Leave Your Remote In Your Car
I think we can all admit that we have been guilty of clipping our remote to our car visor from time to time. The convenience of storing the remote right above our heads to open the door makes it easy to forget it is in plain sight. The first place a thief will look for a garage door remote is your car’s sun visor or glovebox. Make a habit of carrying your garage door opener inside with your keys or placing it in your purse to bring inside.
Secure The Door Between Your Garage And House
Many modern homes have attached garages that make it a breeze to go to your car regardless of the weather. However, the door connecting your garage and your home is a major risk if you fail to lock it. If a burglar gains access to your garage and the connecting door is unlocked, they have instant access to the rest of your home. Especially if your home is unattended. Always keep the connecting door locked. For greater security install a deadbolt lock to prevent the door from being kicked in.
Following these five easy tips will improve your garage and home’s overall security. When you experience UPS & DOWNS, you can rely on our team of experts to be there to handle it. Give our team a call today to improve your home’s security (888) 371-7242.