Keeping your home safe while you’re away is always a top priority for any homeowner. Making sure that your garage door is secure is just one piece of the puzzle but it can be an important one. A few simple precautions can make all the difference in the world when it comes to ensuring your garage door is secured.
- Don’t keep your garage door opener in the car. Get a keychain remote for your garage door opener instead and use that to operate the garage door. Thieves have been known to seek out cars with a garage door opener remote, obtain the owner’s address from the registration or insurance cards in the glovebox and use the garage door opener to easily enter the house.
- Make sure your garage door is locked before you leave the house. If your garage door opener is designed for it, you may be able to have the garage door opener automatically lock the door once it closes, preventing it from being moved until you return. If you have a sectional garage door – another quick fix is to lock a C-clamp on each track above the garage door.
- Garage doors with windows may look nice but they’re an easy way for anyone to check if your car is in the garage. Frost the windows or cover them up to prevent anyone from seeing through them from outside.
- Your garage door opener’s emergency release handle can be triggered from outside using a coat hanger, allowing the garage door to be opened by an intruder. To prevent this, the handle can be secured with a zip tie.
- If you find that you forget to close the garage door when you leave, investing in a device like the Garage Butler to have the garage door automatically close may be a worthwhile investment.