A Blanket of Security: Just How Secure is Your Home’s Garage Door?

If you are like many other people, you may push the button on your automatic garage door opener to close the garage doors when you leave the house, and you may think that you have secured the house. However, this is one of the most unsecured areas of the home for many properties, and there are a few good reasons for this.

The Trouble with Garage Doors

First, garage door codes are easy to bypass. The remote control is sitting in your vehicle, and you may have a second car with the door unlocked sitting in the driveway just steps from the house. Even if you have secured all of the remotes behind locked doors, it takes only a few seconds for a criminal to break into a car.

A skilled criminal also may be aware of the standard codes for garage door openers. Once in the garage, a criminal may simply be able to walk right into the home. This is because few people with a garage door opener lock the garage door, and most do not have a deadbolt on this door.

Improving your Garage Doors

With this in mind, there are a few steps that you can take to improve security for your home through the garage. First, ensure that you always lock your car doors and hide the remotes to the garage door in an inconspicuous location, such as the glove box. Change the code on the garage door opener to a custom setting rather than using the factory setting.

In addition, install a deadbolt lock on the door leading into the home, and ensure that you lock this door every time you leave just as you would lock the front and back doors of the home. These tips will help you to better secure your home and reduce the risk of a break-in.

Sources:

Top 10 Garage Door Security Tips to Prevent Break-Ins, Itstactical.com

Home Theft Protection: Secure Your Garage, The Family Handyman

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