As a homeowner, you likely take security very seriously for both your house and your family. But while you may be concentrating on main entry points like the front door, you also shouldn’t neglect the safety and security of your garage door. It’s an access point that many people don’t realize can be used by burglars to get into your home.
Unfortunately, the garage door is one of the most often overlooked security issues. But there are steps you can take to boost your garage door security and your peace of mind.
1. Don’t Leave the Remote in Your Car
Yes, it’s inconvenient not to be able to reach up on the visor and press a button, but this is a big area of vulnerability when it comes to the security of your door and home. It doesn’t take much for someone to break into your car and take your valuables, along with your garage door opener. All they have to do is check the vehicle registration and they will know your address.
Instead, it’s wise to keep the remote with you at all times, just like you would your car keys, wallet and purse.
2. Use a Smartphone App
Even better, don’t rely on a manual garage door remote to open the door. This is an antiquated notion that you don’t have to use. Instead, install a smartphone app to integrate with your garage door opener. This puts control in your hands, and your hands only, due to the fact that these apps are password- or fingerprint-protected. You can open and close the door with this app, plus you can even be alerted when your garage door has been opened if you’re not at home.
Couple this with a home security camera, and you will be able to see who is accessing your home at any given time. This can alert you to would-be burglars, or even let you know when your kids get home from school.
3. Add Frosted Glass to Garage Door Windows
Many crimes are simply crimes of opportunity rather than planned out well ahead of time. This is why it’s important to make sure not just anybody can walk up to your garage and peer inside. If they can’t see what’s in your garage, they can’t be tempted to steal whatever it is. If you like the look of windows on your garage door, you can add frosted glass to conceal the contents of the garage, while preserving the aesthetics of your door and allowing natural light to stream in.
4. Install Motion Lights Over Your Garage Door
You may also want to install motion lights above your garage door, which will illuminate if someone or something gets too close to your home. Not only does this alert the homeowner, it also alerts the neighbors to potentially suspicious behavior. Plus, burglars will be scared off by the lights and leave.
Remember, a secure garage is critical to the security of your home. Heed these tips to keep your home and your family safe.
Contact M&M Garage Doors
If you’re looking to install a more secure garage door, you have come to the right place. To learn more about our selection and collections, call us at (586) 610-5434 today.