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Seven Tips for Garage Door Security

Often, we might not think about the security of our garage doors. Because of this out of sight out of mind mentality, we can accidentally leave our home vulnerable to intruders. Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Charlotte, NC has some tips for you to improve your garage door security. Let’s approach this list the way a possible burglar would, starting from a distance and getting closer to the home.

Proper Lighting

An easy deterrent to criminals is to have the garage door and surrounding area well lit. A potential intruder is much less likely to approach a door that they cannot easily get to without being seen. Coordinating light fixtures can be installed on either side of your garage door or above it. Motion-activated flood lights can be installed on corners to give adequate coverage only when needed. These also add an extra layer of convenience for when you are approaching your garage.

Garage Door Windows

This one is probably the least obvious of these tips. Overhead door windows can give intruders a chance to scope out your interior. They will be able to see what valuables you have in easy access. This will allow them to decide whether to break in. Easily accessible windows will also allow them better decide if you’re home or not.

This vulnerability can be lessened by covering or obscuring your windows. Windows can be blacked out with paint, or simply covered up. You may also choose to apply a frosting coat to allow natural light in, but making it impossible to see details inside.

Close Your Garage Door

This one seems simple, but it’s actually very important. If you’re not in your garage, the door should be closed. Leaving it open for extended periods of time leaves any items in your garage open to easy theft. Leaving the garage door open when you’re not home, or overnight is also extremely dangerous.

Lock Your Garage Door

Keeping your door closed is a good first step, but it’s not enough. A closed door is easily opened. It’s important to keep it locked anytime it’s closed. Some doors are equipped with a simple slide bolt inside making exterior access impossible. Others have a lockable exterior handle giving how owners the ability to get in.

Secure Your Car

lock your car for garage door safety

During a break in, a criminal may not even make it inside before doing damage. If your car is usually left unlocked in the garage, it becomes an easy target. Think about how many things we often forget in the car that may be easy grabs for a thief: electronics, cash, jewelry, wallet, etc.

Interior Door

The door between your garage and your house needs to be just as secure as any other exterior doors. Hollow wooden doors are easily broken down. As with the garage door itself, this door should always remain locked. If an intruder gains access to the garage, an extra layer of security will be helpful.

Deadbolt Your Interior Door

use a deadbolt for garage door security

A strong, locked interior door is a basic step for security. Equally important is a deadbolt on that door. If you treat this door the same as any other exterior door, a deadbolt only makes sense. The added protection is worth the few extra seconds it may take to get in. Another important tip is to use long screw when installing the strike plate to prevent a possible kick-in.

Most of these steps are easy and can be done yourself. If you decide that you need to increase your garage door security by upgrading your door or opener, contact us at Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Charlotte, NC right away. We’ll help you assess your needs and select the right equipment and installation options. Don’t delay, call today. Our trained customer service representatives are waiting to help you.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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