Did you know that 9% of burglars break in through the garage door? To keep your home secure, it’s vital to have a quality garage door protecting your home. There are also some things that garage door owners can do to enhance their security. Here are a few tips to consider while assessing your current garage door's security.

10 Tips for a Secure Garage Door

Replace Your Old Opener with a Smart One

Even if your garage door is locked in the down position, burglars can still hack the code or force the door open. A smart garage door opener will send you an alert notification if someone is trying to open the door.

Remove Your Remote from Your Car

Your car is the most popular and convenient spot for a garage door remote. However, burglars know this fact, so your car will be the first place they look. Instead, keep your remote in your purse, in your pocket, or attached to your keys.

Keep Your Garage Door Closed and Locked

For those with manual garage doors, always keep your door shut and locked unless you need to get inside. If you have an automatic garage door, consider investing in a garage lock to add more security.

Secure The Door Between Your House and Garage

This tip mainly applies to those with a connected garage to their house. Always keep that door shut and locked unless you’re using it.

Secure Your Emergency Door Release

Many automatic garage doors have an emergency release in case there’s a power outage and you need to get inside. This emergency release is usually a little red cord located somewhere around the opener. Secure your emergency door release to something else with a zip tie to prevent burglars from reaching it with a wire or hook.

Cover Your Windows

To keep strangers or burglars from looking through your garage windows, cover them up. Frost your windows to keep natural light while still maintaining your privacy.

Install Motion Detecting Floodlights

Installing motion detecting floodlights may help scare away anyone who comes near your garage with bad intentions. It also provides visibility for you and your neighbors, allowing you to determine if the lights were triggered by a curious raccoon or a potential burglar.

Maintain and Upkeep Your Garage Door

If you ignore important garage door maintenance, there’s a chance it could malfunction or break down. This gives burglars the opportunity to easily force or break it open.

Consider Installing Security Cameras

Installing security cameras around your garage will not only help scare away burglars but also catch the identity of anyone who does break in.

If you would like to know more about how to keep your garage and home safe, American Door Works is here to help. We can help repair damages done to your garage door or replace it for a more secure one. If you have any questions or concerns about the safety of your garage door, contact one of our expert technicians today.