Garage Security & Your Garage Door
Even if you grew up with a manual unit, it might be hard for you to imagine a world without an automatic garage door. But did you know that your unit might present a very real threat to your garage security?
Every automatic garage door is equipped with an emergency release lever in case of a power outage. Commonly it’s a cord you pull when you need to operate the door manually. You may not think of your emergency level often, and it is no doubt a useful feature when you lose your wireless remote, face electrical issues, or even lock yourself out of your house, but you should be aware that your garage security can also be compromised by this emergency feature. Criminals can use a clothes hanger to pull the emergency lever from outside of your garage, granting them access to your home when you’re away — or even when you are there, presenting very real safety risks to your family.
Want to better protect your home and its inhabitants? You don’t have to ditch your automatic garage door and revert to inconvenient albeit secure manual garage doors. Here are some tips for increasing garage security when using an automatic garage door.
How to Improve Garage Security
1. Shut Off the Emergency Release
The easiest step to increasing garage security is disabling your automatic garage door’s emergency release cord or lever. Sure, this means you won’t be able to use this security feature, but wouldn’t you rather have increased garage door security and peace of mind?
2. Remove Your Emergency Release Cord
You can also remove the cord that’s attached to your emergency release so that no one can perform the clothes hanger trick and breach your garage security.
3. Secure the Release Lever
The first two suggestions for garage security involve completely disabling your emergency release, which could be annoying if you experience a power outage while in your home, rendering you unable to easily move your car from the garage. This option for increased garage security is less intensive than the first two and easy to undo when needed.
Depending on the model of your garage door opener, you can also secure your release lever to your carriage assembly, effectively “locking” it. Use a plastic cable tie or a thin wire to do so, threading your tie through the lever’s hole and a corresponding hole in the carriage assembly. If there are no pre-made holes, you can always drill one. Locking your lever to the carriage assembly will make it more difficult for someone to pull the lever from the outside, but it will be quick to undo from the inside.
4. Block Your Windows
Thieves will find it easier to perform the hanger trick if they can see where they’re maneuvering. Plus, they’ll be less likely to attempt a break-in if they can’t see what vehicles you drive and what belongings you store in the garage. By covering or even frosting your garage door windows, you automatically increase garage security.
5. Get Motion Sensor Lighting
Your garage security will be better with motion sensor lights hung right over your garage door. Criminals will be dissuaded from attempting a nighttime break-in when the lights go on.
6. Secure Your Inner Entry
If a criminal gets into your garage, your entry door is the only thing barring them full entry to your home. Better securing this door with a lock will provide better home and garage door security. Equip it with a deadbolt and lock it upon entry and exit.
You can still reap the benefits of an automatic garage door, including its convenience, while ensuring your garage security. Just follow the above steps for increasing garage security and you’ll sleep easier at night.
Want to Make Your Home More Secure?
If you have more questions about garage security, call Raynor Garage Doors of Kansas City at (913) 766-2366.