When you think about it, your garage door is the largest entryway to your home. That makes it a huge security issue. Not only does it secure your garage and the thousands of dollars in cars, lawn and sports equipment, but it also protects your house. If a thief can access your garage, they can then more conveniently work at breaking into the door to your house, safe from prying eyes. Here are a few security tips to keep in mind when it comes to securing your garage door, your garage, and your home.
Never Leave Your Garage Door Open
An open garage door is an invitation to thieves. Never leave it open, even if you’re just in the backyard doing work. A passing thief can easily run off with a few expensive items just by wandering into your garage. If you happen to leave your garage door while you are away, you are providing neighborhood thieves the temptation to access not only the garage — but your whole house.
Cover Garage Door Windows
Garage door windows are great for natural light, but they also give a thief a menu when it comes to the contents of your garage. If you love the light, consider frosting or tinting the windows. In addition to security, you have your privacy to protect.
Never Store Your Garage Door Opener in Your Car
Do you store your garage door opener in your car while it’s parked in the driveway? There’s nothing that stands between your thief and complete access to your garage but a good sized rock. Always bring your garage door opener into the house. Better yet, install it on your keychain or install a smart garage door opener that operates directly from your phone.
Install a Motion Sensor
Thieves are opportunists. They’re attracted to easy targets. If you install motion sensors on the light outside and inside your garage door, you may very well scare them away to easier pickens. Plus, it also makes getting out of the car much safer and convenient when the light automatically comes on when you’ve arrived. It’s a matter of security and convenience.
Leaving for Vacation? Lock Your Garage Door
If you are leaving for vacation, lock your garage door. This is usually a switch on the inside of the garage door — one you might not even know is there. Thieves are trained to look for people who are away for long periods of time. Locking your garage door provides an extra layer of protection not just to your garage but the home itself.