According to some experts, a skilled thief can open your garage door in as little as 6 seconds. Since a number of people often leave the door that connects their garage to their home unlocked, if the thieves are able to access the door, this doesn’t just give them access to the garage, but also free and open access to your entire home. Make sure you know how to keep your garage door more secure.
Don’t Overlook Maintenance
Don’t overlook the importance of maintenance when it comes to security. This is especially the case when it comes to loose hinges and locks along the door’s frame. When these components are loose, they are much easier to remove, giving a burglar access to the door.
Make it a point to inspect these parts at least once a year. Another thing to look out for is corrosion around the side of the door. Corrosion will also decrease the integrity of metal and make it easier to remove or break. Either have the corrosion removed and the door repaired or have a new corrosion-proof door installed.
Secure The Release
Even those garage doors that operate with an automated opener will have an emergency release. Make sure you keep the release secure. Depending on the design of the door, even if the theft is only able to pull up the door slightly, if they can access the string that activates the emergency release, they can then pull the emergency release lever and open the door fully.
Consider installing zip ties along the release lever that will keep it secured to the opener so that it isn’t hanging down and therefore accessible by a burglar.
Automated Locking System
Another consideration is an automated locking mechanism for your garage door. These units are installed on the inside of the door and they function similar to traditional locks; however, they can be controlled remotely with an internet connection or a smartphone.
As a secondary locking system, even if someone tries to pry the door open or your emergency release lever is not secured, the lock will prevent them from opening the door. Additionally, since you can control the lock when you are away from home, you can have confidence that your home is secure no matter where you are.
A garage door installation and repair specialist can help you keep your garage door and your home more secure. For professional help, contact a company such as All Pro Quality Garage Doors, Inc.