Your Neighborhood Garage Repair Door team knows your garage door is a part of the security of your home. There are many videos on the Internet showing thieves how to break into your garage door. Pretty astonishing, isn’t it? Well, we have some tips to prevent you from becoming a victim.
Changes For Your Routines
- Do not leave your garage door opener remote in your car. Thieves can break into your vehicle, and use your remote to gain access to your garage. Check with your garage door manufacturer to see if they have smaller remotes available that can be kept on your keychain. If you carry a purse carry your remote with you.
- Consider stopping the use of your remote all together. While a remote is convenient you can go back to the way garage doors were received in ‘the good old days,’ manually locking the garage door when you leave. When you come home you’ll need to get out of your car, manually unlocking it. Relock your door for the night. It’s not as convenient, but no one will be able to get in or out of your garage without a key.
Changes For Your Garage
- Cover your garage door windows. Having windows enable a thief to look inside and get in easier. Anything you can do to stop a thief from looking inside will slow down his progress and make it harder for him to break in.
- Disable your emergency release lever. Thieves can use a hanger to ‘grab’ your emergency release lever and get in. Just be careful though, as if you lock yourself out you won’t be able to get in either. Locking your emergency release lever with wire or a plastic cable tie will prevent anyone from getting in, and it can be easily cut if needed.
- Remove the red emergency cord. The red emergency cord is there for convenience, it does not affect your system if it is disabled. It is one more thing that a thief can grab with a hanger to get into your garage.
Changes For Your Home
- Install motion sensor lights on the outside of your garage. As soon as movement is detected your garage area will be lit, leaving most thieves wanting to go elsewhere.
- Put in a wireless keypad. Using a wireless keypad eliminates the chance that your remote gets into the wrong hands. A keypad is easy to install and not that costly. You may feel better about locking your emergency release lever knowing you can still access the garage with your keypad.
- Make sure the home entry door that is used to access your garage has a deadbolt and is used whenever anyone is home or away. If a thief gains access to your garage, you don’t want them to be able to walk into your home.
Changes When You’re Away
- Turn off the power to your garage door opener. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, unplugging your garage door opener or shutting it off at the switch, will prevent anyone from getting into your garage. With no power, your garage door won’t open for anyone.
Your Neighborhood Garage Door Team hopes these ideas are useful. If you have any questions or concerns give us a call and we can show you what is available to make sure your home is secure.