Are you worried that thieves might break into your garage? Not only could that cause significant damage to your garage door, but it could leave your home and your possessions vulnerable. Here are a few tips for keeping your garage secure.
1. Make Sure It's Locked From Inside
When you're home, you should be locking your garage door from the inside. This can be achieved in two ways: through an automatic lock or a manual lock. Most garage doors don't come with automatic locks, but you can install one that automatically locks at your command, either through an internal button or your smartphone.
A manual lock is usually at the side of your door and can be engaged by sliding it shut. Many don't even know that the lock is there! Be careful, though, because trying to open the door when a manual lock is engaged can cause damage.
2. Use a Lock on the Outside
From the outside, securing your garage door can be as easy as placing a padlock on the exterior mechanism. However, you also need to choose the right lock. The locks that have a metal hook are easily cut with bolt cutters. Many thieves already have bolt cutters on them because they know this. Some new locks are shaped like thick metal disks, where the locking mechanism fits through the disk. These are much harder to cut off and therefore more secure.
You don't have to use a padlock every time you leave your house, but you should put one on the garage if you're going to be gone for a while; thieves will often notice vacant houses and use that time to strike.
3. Install a Garage Door Alarm
A garage door alarm can be integrated into your existing security system. While your home is secured, the garage alarm will sound if the garage door is open. If you have a smart home system, this could even alert you over the phone that there has been an intrusion.
A garage door alarm does need to be deactivated before you roll into the garage, though, so you'll have to have a remote system that can turn it off when you arrive.
4. Put Up Motion-Sensing Lights
Thieves strike in the dead of night and they don't want to be noticed. You can install motion-sensing lights just above your garage door. These floodlights will turn on if someone approaches your garage, illuminating them and (hopefully) scaring them off. This can also be useful for scaring off wild animals if you have issues with them getting into your trash or prowling your front yard.
5. Reinforce the Interior Door
Let's say it's the worst case scenario: you've forgotten your garage door open and someone's gotten into your garage. How secure is your interior door?
Securing your interior door has benefits for two reasons: your main house will be more protected against intrusion, and a secure interior door provides better insulation against the heat and the cold. Ideally, you should have a solid core door that has both a lock and a deadbolt.
6. Get an Automatic Door Closer
Do you have a problem with forgetting your garage door open? An automatic garage door closer operates on a timer, so your garage door will close automatically if it's left open too long. Don't worry: the safety sensors are still going to engage, so if someone is walking through the door, it isn't going to close.
Want to make your garage safer? The upgrades mentioned above make safety easy. Contact Chapman's Garage Doors, Inc., to learn more about garage security and to get a quote on your own garage door improvements.