Too often, homeowners don’t think about their garage when considering the security of their home. Your garage door is vulnerable to break-ins if neglected. Neighborhood Garage Door Service of San Diego, CA reminds you to keep your garage door security at the forefront of your mind. Check these critical areas of your garage and be sure to keep them guarded.
One of the easiest points of vulnerability for your garage door security is the exterior keypad opener. Instead of using a standard 4-digit code, use a longer code if your system allows. Make sure that you use a number that is not obvious and hard to crack like these:
- Your street address number
- Anniversary days
- Simple numbers like 1234, or 0000
Keep Your Opener Remote Secure
Your opener remote is also an easy way to gain quick access to your garage, but has one additional layer of security. Many people store their remote in the visor of their car, which seems safe. However, if you keep your car outside of your garage often, it could easily be broken into and the remote stolen.
Instead of keeping your remote easily accessible in your vehicle, consider getting a keychain version. This has the advantage of added security and convenience for you. It also makes your car less desirable for potential thieves to break into.
Take Your Opener Off-line During Vacation
A quick and easy way to increase your garage door security while out of town is to unplug it. If you plan to be away for an extended period time, reach up and unplug the automatic garage door opener. This makes it impossible for someone to open your door via the keypad or a stolen remote.
Secure Your Emergency Release
The emergency release pull cord is usually a white rope with a red handle connected to your opener. It serves as a backup to your opener in case of power failure or a complete breakdown of the opener. By pulling on the handle, the opener is disengaged from the track so that the door can be opened manually.
Emergency release cord handles are inside the garage and usually far from the door so many people think they’re safe. However, a new technique is giving thieves access to this release cord by simply using a coat hanger. All you have to do is zip tie the carriage assembly so that it cannot be released without direct access from the inside.
Call Us To Help Increase Your Garage Door Security
These few simple safety precautions from Neighborhood Garage Door Service of San Diego, California can drastically increase your garage door security. If you think your garage door itself is not secure enough to withstand a break-in, it may be time for a new door. Call us right away and we can get you started on the process for choosing the right door for you and having it installed. Our professionally certified garage door repair technicians are ready to serve you anytime, day or night.