How to Secure Your Garage Doors
Securing your garage is an integral part of home security. Through your garage, thieves can gain access to your house, vehicles, or other valuables. Fortunately, the solution is simple. Enhance your security.
Some garage doors have windows on them. If your garage doors lack windows, then you may continue on to the next paragraph. But if your garage doors do have windows, then you should consider covering them with something. The easiest and cheapest solution is to use some frosted glass paint spray, which you can buy at your local hardware store.
If you use the frosted glass spray, then you may also add a small peep hole by placing a small piece of tape over your window. After this, spray your window. Once the paint has dried, remove the tape to reveal your peephole. This will allow you to still be able to see outside; it may also allow a thief to see inside to some degree, but it will be much more difficult. And most burglars do not like difficult break-ins.
Lose the Cords
Automatic garage doors usually have a cord on them that allows someone to disable them in case there is a problem. Once disabled, the doors will manually open. This is a safety feature that burglars love to take advantage of. All one has to do is drill a hole into the garage doors, and slide a wire hanger through the hole.
Once through the hole, the thief simply has to give a sharp tug on that cord with the wire hanger, and they can manually open the door. The solution is to simply remove the cord altogether. Of course, if there is an emergency you will not be able to manually open the doors. So you may want to keep the cord (s) in case you need to re-attach them.
Older automatic garage door openers use a code that is transmitted when you activate your garage door remote. But thieves have learned how to steal this code; however, newer garage door models randomly generate a code, which makes it virtually impossible for thieves to steal. There is no point in trying to hack the code, since it is going to change every time you open or close your garage door.
Garage Door Remote
Since newer models of garage door openers randomly generate a new code every time you open your door, burglars have changed tactics. They may simply steal the garage door remote that is in your car. Then again, they may simply be after your car; however, if they find your address inside the car somewhere they may try and burglarize your home. Or at the very least, your garage. So either hide your garage door remote when it is in the car, or buy one that can be attached to your key chain. If you choose the latter option, then your garage door remote will always be with you instead of the burglar.
Go Old School
If you want to take the inexpensive route, then just disable your automatic garage doors. All you have to worry about then is locking them whenever you leave or come home. A thief could always pick the lock, but again, most burglars want an easy break-in. Not a challenge.
Safeguarding your garage doors does not have to be a complex process. It just takes some common sense and a little bit of effort on your part. And once done, you will no longer have to worry as much about being a target of thieves.