6 Ways You Can Thief-Proof Your Garage
At Garage Automatics, we provide you with the best garage door solutions to suit your needs. Most of the recommendations we give have modern, up-to-date security features, but there’s no such thing as being too safe. We want to give you simple tips on how you can further proof your garage from wannabe thieves.
Your Garage Door Opener Should Be in Your House
This is a no-brainer really, but you would be surprised at the number of people who leave their garage door opener in an open spot in their car. If a thief has been trailing you and is waiting for an opportune time to do so, all they have to do is break into your car and get your garage opener and head over to your house. All this can happen while you’re working away at your desk, sweating it out at the gym or doing grocery shopping.
If you must have your garage door opener in your car, then hide it in your glove compartment or anywhere else that thieves may not have access to it. Ideally, the best place to keep your opener would be inside your house. If you have trouble remembering to do so, then you can even attach it to your keychain, which will ensure you have your garage door opener within reach at all times.
Use a Zip Tie
Did you know that all thieves need to break into your fancy automatic garage door is six minutes? There have been demonstrations that show how a thief can use a coat hanger to open a garage door. They do so by reaching underneath your garage door and hooking the hanger onto the emergency release. So, to prevent this, you can use something as simple and cheap as a zip tie. All you need to do is connect the zip tie to the loop on the emergency latch. Thieves will have a hard time disabling the automatic door.
If the idea of using a zip tie does not instill confidence in keeping thieves out, you can remove the emergency release altogether. This means that you might take a few extra minutes to get your garage door open, but you will have peace of mind knowing that thieves cannot gain entry.
Frost Your Windows
Thieves can’t steal what they can’t see. It is highly unlikely that a thief will be prowling around your house to see if there’s something you’ve left to steal by chance. Instead, they are likely to want to steal from you if they know what you have. Think about your top of the range bicycle that you ride when the weather is right or your expensive tools that you just bought. You’ll want to keep them safe, right? You can do this by frosting your windows. This makes it harder for anyone outside to see what you keep in your garage. Another option is to use shades.
Install a Door Devil
Door devils were designed to prevent doors from being kicked in. If your garage has a side door, then it poses as a potential entry point for thieves. Secure your doors using this anti-break indoor security. Doorsteps are screwed into the ground door and prevent your door from being compromised.
Choose the Right Garage Door
At Garage Automatics, we’ve always insisted on having the right door. This helps in reducing the chances of you getting broken into. Plastic can easily be compromised, so instead, we recommend that you choose a metal or solid wooden door. You can search our sites for recommendations on the best garage doors.
Install Motion Detecting Lights
In a well-lit area, thieves are unlikely to want to steal from you. This is why it is important for you to install motion detecting lights. The beauty with these lights is that you don’t have to keep them on all the time. The minute the sensors pick up movement inside your garage they will turn on. For a thief, this will be like a deer being caught in headlights.
Armed with this information we trust that you are now in a better position to protect yourself from thieves. You don’t need to follow all the tips mentioned here. With the right garage door, you may only need two or three of those tips for extra reinforcement.