If you’re like the average family, you probably enter and exit your home through the garage every day, particularly if you commute to work or take the kids to school each day. However, you’d be amazed how many people forget to secure their garage door area.
Choosing a Safe and Secure Garage Door
When you decide it’s time for new garage door installation, you might choose a door with added security benefits. Nation Overhead Door will offer suggestions on the safest doors, but it’s not too difficult to figure out which doors are the most secure.
Not surprisingly, a garage door without windows is going to offer more security than one with a line of glass panels along the top. You may want a garage door with windows for aesthetic reasons, and this is absolutely fine. You might want to consider frosting the glass to prevent unwanted inspection of your garage interior.
Did You Know: Burglars can use a coat hanger to pull the release on your garage door, and it takes just a few seconds.
Budget-Friendly Tip: If you have an older garage door where it’s possible to pull the release lever from outside of the garage, put a zip-tie around the release lever to prevent access.
Timely Garage Door Repair
Your garage door needs to do more than lift and close to allow access to the garage. The door itself must also remain firm and resistant to bending. If your garage door is flexible, you’ll want to consider overhead door repair for the hinges.
Further, don’t just nail a piece of wood to your garage door if one of the panels comes loose or breaks. Get new garage door panels to maintain the structural integrity of your garage door.
A yearly inspection of your door should reveal whether you need garage door replacement or some simple part replacement. You may want to inquire about security grills if you’re really concerned about the security of your home.
Other garage door security features your overhead door service crew can install include:
- Timed or motion sensor lights
- Garage door openers with rolling code technology
- Frosted windows for privacy
Garage Door Security: Crime Prevention Tips from the Dallas Police
You probably lock your front door at night, but do you lock the door inside your garage that leads into your home? The Dallas Police suggest that thieves love seeing open garage doors because it means easy access to the home and everything you keep inside the garage.
It’s a good idea to keep the door closed and locked at all times. A thief can’t easily ascertain if your home is empty if your garage door is closed and they can’t see if the space is empty of cars. The police also recommend using your garage solely for vehicle storage. Sometimes you need the extra space for boxes, but reducing the possessions you keep in the garage is still a good idea.
Don’t forget to press your garage door remote or wall switch each time you leave your garage. Don’t encourage crimes of opportunity by leaving your garage open and exposed.