Believe it or not, your garage door can be used as a break in point by robbers. To prevent garage door break-ins, we have come up with the 7 following tips. We think they’re pretty easy to utilize. Hopefully you do and implement at least some of them to prevent these break-ins and keep yourself and your family safe.
1) Keep the garage door remote on your person.
Well, at least your keychain. Leaving the remote in the car gives a thief access to your home if they steal your car. It’s like a two in one for them. Your best bet is to get a keychain remote opener and leave it with your keys. Open the garage door that way and you will feel a little bit safer at least.
2) Get a solid door for your garage’s entry way to the house.
We’d like to make sure you put a deadbolt on the door too. It’s much more inconvenient to have all your stuff stolen than to put the key in the garage to house door when coming in, right? The door itself should be solid wood or maybe reinforced steel. We suggest installing an Anti-Kick device on the door. One to try is the Door Devil.
3) Make sure your garage door emergency release is secured.
You can put some zip ties on the emergency release. It will still do its job but will also act as a deterrent to criminals who use it as an easy way in.
4) Keep your garage door closed at all times.
Sometimes, people leave their garage door open. This is like a written invitation to a thief to come get your stuff. Even so-called ‘good neighborhoods’ have thieves running through them, checking for houses to hit.
5) Install a peep hole, preferably a wide one, in the door between your house and garage.
That way you can see what’s happening if you hear a strange noise without having to open the door to get a good look.
6) Put a padlock on the throw latch on your garage door when you are not home or go out of town.
That’s if you don’t have a manual lock on the garage door already. To make a simple one, you can put a c-clamp down on each side of the door track. This will lock the door. It’s kind of similar to the window track locks you can get for your interior windows.
7) Maintain your garage door, especially the mechanical roll-up parts.
Check for corrosion. Also keep a maintenance eye on the door from your garage to your house. Make sure it works well at all times. If not, fix it.
So there you have it, 7 tips to prevent garage door break-ins. We, at Texas Garage Repair, hope that these tips will help you prevent a garage door break-in. We want you to be safe. Call us today if you’d like us to help in any way. Call us today at 512-518-6606 for more information.