Securing your garage door doesn’t just mean the roll-up door; as you will see in the tips listed in this article, you have to look at every entrance point as a vulnerability. Not that any loss to your family isn’t devastating, but one that occurs through preventable measures just shouldn’t happen.
Here are the 10 most important things you can do to secure your garage.
Modern automatic garage door openers now feature rolling code technology. What is rolling code technology you ask? RCT is an advancement for keyless entry systems which generates a new security code every time you use your remote. The same code will never be generated twice, so there is no chance of your remote or codes being cloned or accessed and used to gain access to your home.
Leaving your remote in the car
This one is quite obvious, DO NOT leave your remote in your car. This is a serious breach of security for your car and home. For starters, your car will be locked so will become damaged when an intruder attempts to gain access. If you do leave your remote in your car, hide it away in the glovebox or a concealed storage compartment which can't be seen through the windows.
Something to think about. What happens if your car is stolen? You may have papers or receipts in your car with your home address on them. The car thieves could now become home intruders, they have your car, your home address and your garage remote!
Invest in a keychain remote
We all carry our keys with us, in a pocket, a purse or a bag. A keychain remote can be attached to your other keys by a key ring. This is a secure way to always keep your remote with you even when you go away on holiday for example, you always have your keys with you.
Secure your internal doors to your garage by ensuring they are quality, heavy grade external doors with dead-locks. Keep it as secure as you would your front door. When you leave the house, always ensure the internal doors are locked and dead bolted, especially if you are going to be out for an extended length of time.
If you have expensive tools and equipment, you don't want possible thieves to be able to see what you have through your windows. If your garage door has windows, we suggest you cover them or "frost" them for extra security. You can always have them tinted so that you can see out, but nobody can see in.
We highly recommend exterior lighting for your home. Keeping the exterior of your home well lit deters opportunist thieves and would be intruders. There are so many different types and styles of outdoor lighting that you could choose, but a good security option is the motion sensor floodlight. Any motion is captured and you are alerted when someone gets a little too close for comfort, and being here in sunny Perth, a solar powered motion detector would be ideal.
Leaving your Garage Door Open
It may be obvious but we are all guilty of doing it! Don't leave your garage door open whilst unattended. It only takes an opportunist thief 30 seconds to size up the contents of your garage or even walk off with a valuable tool or family keep sake. When you go away for that well needed holiday, ensure you lock your garage door down. Install side or floor bolts for an added security feature but ensure they are quality, well made bolts which can be attached to the floor or the garage wall securely.
Installing an Alarm System
Many modern alarm systems integrate with smartphone apps which enable you to monitor and even open or close your garage door remotely. Door sensors can trigger silent alarms alerting you when your garage door has been opened, giving you time to call the Police.
An alarm system is an ideal deterrent, even a simple back to base alarm system would alert your security company to an intruders presence and they would attend and contact the Police on your behalf.
Installing a wide angle peep-hole in your door between the garage and your home is an additional level of security. If you do hear noises coming from the garage, then lock the internal doors and see who is in your garage, securely and safely.
Maintaining Your Garage Door
Don't neglect maintenance to your garage door and opener. Damaged or broken doors are security risks which can be avoided. Invest in a good quality garage door, keep a regular servicing schedule and if you notice any odd noises or anything untoward, contact CoastalGarage Doors on 0415 242 181 for assistance.