Homeowners should always be mindful of all the potential break in points in your home. Some common break in points include your main door, sliding doors, windows, and even your garage door. Your garage door is a common point of break in for burglars that often goes unnoticed. Most homeowners assume that inherently their garage door is secure, but Next Day Garage Door is here to tell you otherwise. We has devised some helpful tip to ensure you are maximizing security at your home. So you may be thinking: My garage door is coded and locked by a secure keypad. No one will ever break in from there. WRONG! It is indeed possible! This is why it’s important to make sure you follow the tips below and find out how you can make your home more secure.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR GARAGE DOOR OPENED
Not only does leaving your garage door open make it easier for a thief to gain access to the house, but it can play a significant role in your home being targeted in the first place. With your garage door open, a would‑be thief can easily see if there are any valuables worth taking in the garage. They could steal any number of hand tools, electric tools, automotive tools, and the like. The contents of your garage will also give them an idea about the rest of the house.
NEVER KEEP YOUR GARAGE DOOR REMOTE IN YOUR CAR
Most homeowners don’t realize that burglars look into their cars for any keys or remotes that may give them an easy entry way into your home. It is beneficial to keep your remotes hidden and locked in your glovebox or attached to a key fob on your keychain. Wherever it is, just leave it in a secure place and out of plain view!
SECURE YOUR SAFETY RELEASE
The red safety release mechanism (often see hanging from your garage door) can be triggered from outside your garage door with nothing more than a coat hanger. By disengaging the safety release on your door, a thief can simply lift the door and gain access to your home. We recommend tucking the safety release away with a zip tie so that it is not accessible from the outside!
TRY AVOIDING THE USE OF EXTERNAL KEYPADS
Many garage doors feature a security keypad on the outside of the house that can be used to open the garage door with a code. If you have one, do you know how secure it is? Can someone easily guess the entry code? What if it’s destroyed or the batteries are removed? As with keeping a remote in your car, it’s safest to avoid the exterior keypad and just keep a garage door remote in your bag or on your keys. Another helpful tip is to use a rolling code. A rolling code generate a new pin/code each time you use your garage door. This ensure that your keypad is limited to your personal use.
INSTALL AN OPENER WITH MYQ TECHNOLOGY
Since 2013, LiftMaster technology has allowed homeowners like you the ability to open and close their garage doors from their smartphones and tablets with the press of a virtual button. The app can even alert you to the door being open via SMS message. This is why we always recommend LiftMaster for your garage door repairs.
The MyQ system includes a garage door sensor and an internet hub that you install inside the garage. It integrates with Nest products and XFINITY Home, so it’s a great option if you already have smart home products.
INSTALL A GARAGE DOOR LOCK
At Next Day Garage Door, we also offer locksmith services for your home. We can also install a lock that can be used only from the inside, the outside, or both. Give us a call at (301)-500-0475 if you would like to inquire about our locksmith services. Installing a lock on your garage door is a secure and affordable option to add more security to your home.
DO NOT NEGLECT REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Regular maintenance on your garage door is vital so that it can work properly and so it can last a long time. However, regular maintenance is also important to the security of your garage door. Your garage door system is composed of many mechanical parts that are prone to corrosion. Without proper care, these parts can begin to deteriorate and jeopardize the security of your garage door. Do you know how to conduct regular maintenance? If not, please call Next Day Garage Door and ask us about our garage door tune-up/maintenance package.
Burglars and thieves are generally opportunistic, so don’t give them the chance to take advantage of an open or unsecured garage door. There are many common sense ways to protect your garage—like keeping the door shut, covering the windows, and adding lighting—in addition to several products that will greatly enhance the security of your garage. Take time to evaluate your garage’s weakest points and do whatever is necessary to make it safe.
At Next Day Garage Door, we have immense experience in the garage door industry. We can help you make an informed decisions in hopes of becoming an informed homeowner. As this blog progresses, we will continue to help homeowners diagnose and perhaps even fix their garage door repair on their own. We offer Garage Door Repair Maryland and Roll Up Garage Door Washington DC. We also serve Garage Door Repairs all over Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Our blog also presents various scenarios that might help you determine what exactly is going on with your garage door. We have technicians available 24/7 to service any of your garage door repair needs. Garage Door Repair Cost can be high; however, we promise to offer professional top-notch garage door repairs at an affordable price guaranteed. Please feel free to give us a call or text at (301)-500-0475 or (571)-327-6285 if you have any questions or inquiries!