Home security statistics show that approximately 40% of non-forced residential intrusion is through the garage door. This means that for homeowners with access to their house through the garage, garage door security should be a top priority.
Securing your garage, as well as keeping up on routine maintenance can help prevent break-ins and can discourage intruders from entering.
Here are some ways that you can help to secure your garage against unwanted intrusions.
Consider a New Garage Door Opener
If you have an outdated automatic garage door opener, you may want to consider an upgrade. Older garage door openers operate with a fixed code system, which made it easier for the garage door to be opened by an intruder who had a similar model of garage door opener. Newer garage door openers are safer. They operate on a rolling code system, which updates the entry code every time the door is opened, making it more difficult for intruders to open the door.
Watch Out for Worn Garage Door Components
Maintaining your garage door can help to keep it in good condition, preventing corrosion and the deterioration of key components. Your garage door is only as strong as its weakest point, and corroded or damaged components can allow a potential intruder easy access to through the door.
Tint the Windows
Garage door windows allow passersby to look inside and see if your garage is housing any expensive items, or tools that they could use to gain access to your home. If your garage door has windows, consider frosting them, or having tinted windows installed.
Secure the Door to the House
If your house is connected to your garage door, make sure you install a deadbolt on this door. Many people don’t think too much about the door that leads to their garage, but this door is often a main point of entry for intruders. Gaining access to a garage is much easier than gaining entry through a main door, and once inside the garage, the intruder is out of sight and can work unnoticed to gain entry to the home.
Close the Garage Door
Surprisingly, a high percentage of home intruders gain entry through an open garage door. While it may sound obvious, it’s important to never leave your garage door open for long periods of time. Remember to close and properly secure the garage door at all times.
And finally, consider putting a padlock on the inside of your garage door if you are going to be gone for any length of time, and put all valuables or expensive items out of site. Be sure to test your system for failures. Chances are - if you can break into your own house, someone else can as well.
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