Your home is your castle. Think of your garage door as the drawbridge, as it's meant to protect your home and belongings. As part of your "castle's" safeguards, it's important to make sure that you're taking the proper precautions to ensure your home is safe. Read on for more on our garage door security tips.
Know The Risks
Though burglaries are possible year-round, they occur more frequently in the summer months and during vacations. Why? Because homeowners are out of town more often. Often, criminals pay attention to neighborhoods to see who is home and who isn't. That's why it's important to utilize your garage door as an added measure of security.
Many homeowners view their garage door as a "sneaky" way to enter their own homes in the case that they get locked out. However, most would-be thieves are well-versed in figuring that out.
Maintenance Is Critical
Don't skimp on maintenance. Broken springs, locks, and chains can give thieves easier access to your garage. Following our maintenance tips will help you to keep your garage in working order.
Do you park your vehicle outside of your garage? If so, it's important not to leave your garage door opener readily available. Think of it as leaving a house key in plain sight. A burglar can simply break into your car and open your garage - giving them free reign of your home.
If You Like It Then You Should Have Put A Lock On It
Though most doors are secure, some more resourceful thieves are able to use tools to unlock your garage door's locking mechanism. If you know you'll be out of town for an extended period, we encourage you to use your door's slide lock. This feature is similar to a deadbolt and is used to secure the door from inside. If your door doesn't have one (or it isnt' working properly), you can also use a padlock as well. If your slide bolt isn't working correctly, talk to the experts at Overhead Door to schedule a repair.
Light It Up
If you spend a considerable amount of time out of town, it would be a good idea to invest in some motion-sensor lights near your garage. Most burglaries occur with a break-in from the ground floor. Often, lights can deter would-be intruders. Additionally, make sure that your garage door opener has a working light. Not only is it convenient for you, it adds another level of security to your home.
Secure The Premise
Many homeowners opt to install alarm systems in their homes. Some insurance companies even offer discounts for policy holders who do. Additionally, Overhead Door offers OHD Anywhere, a sensor and mobile app combination that notifies you anytime your door opens or closes.
If your garage door includes windows, it's a wise idea to frost them for added security. This prevents passersby from peeking into your garage and eyeballing your belongings. If you want to try this project yourself, here are four ways to do so.
Hold The Door
This one is the easiest and most reliable way to deter thieves. Simply keep your garage door shut. It not only keeps potential criminals from scoping out your home, but it keeps your garage's temperature maintained.
Do you need help with making sure your garage is a castle gate? Overhead Door can help. Contact us to schedule service today.