Your home is your retreat from the rest of the world, and you have probably taken several steps to ensure that it is safe. If you have an attached garage, however, you may find that your home's security has a major weakness. Traditional garage doors aren't always secure, and you may have a false sense of security that once you enter your garage, you are as safe as you are in the rest of your home. Here are a few tips to make sure that your attached garage is a safe and secure place in your home.
Install A New Garage Door With An Opener
Garage door openers can make your garage door difficult to open without the corresponding remote. Roll-up doors tend to have flimsy locks that can be broken, giving thieves instant access to your garage and the rest of your home. Have your garage door installation expert to help you find the most sturdy new garage door on the market, and have it installed along with an automatic door opener to make it more difficult to breach your home's perimeter through the garage. Consider a door without windows to make it more difficult for thieves to look into the garage for items that they might want to steal.
Don't Keep Your Remotes In Your Car
Your car likely has some identifying information about you and your address, whether it's your vehicle's insurance card in the glove box or some bills that you were planning on dropping off at the post office. If someone steals your vehicle with your garage door remote inside, that person will have a way to find where you live and a way to get into your home without having to break in. Keep your remotes attached to your key chain or stashed in your pocket for added safety.
Install A Peep Hole On Your Pedestrian Door
The pedestrian door leading from your garage to the rest of your home is your last line of protection of someone has broken into your garage. Have a peep hole that offers a wide angle into the garage installed on the door. If you hear noises in the garage, you can lock the door and look to see what the problem is. You can then call the police if you see someone attempting to steal from your garage or gain entry into the rest of the house. It's a good idea to keep the pedestrian door locked with a deadbolt just as you would with your front door to provide an additional layer of safety for you and your family.
A garage door installation professional may have a few other ideas about securing your garage, so make sure to ask about any other security devices or tips you may be able to use at home. Contact a company like Shank Door to get started.