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Summer is vacation time and whether you’re on the beach for a week or the lake for a weekend it only takes a few minutes for thieves to relieve you of your belongings by simply walking in through your garage. Raynor Garage of Kansas City wants to remind you of a few safety tips to keep your home secure.

Never leave your garage door remote in your vehicle. This also applies to valet parking. Your car will have personal information in it that may contain your address. Check out keychain remote openers, they’re inexpensive and you’ll always have your remote with you.

A keychain remote for your garage door can deter thieves.

Did you know there’s a video on YouTube showing exactly how to break into a garage in under a minute? Thieves can use a coat hanger to trip the emergency release and up goes your door. Using a zip tie to secure the release is a simple way to thwart this.

Check the mechanical parts of your garage door. If the tracks are corroded or loose a thief can simply jimmy the door open enough to crawl under. This also applies to the door from your garage to your house. Many homes skimp on this door and it’s simple to just kick it in. A reinforced doorframe, deadbolt and anti-kick device can help deter thieves if they make it past the garage door.

Padlock your garage door from the inside when you’re out of town. You can padlock the throw latch or put a c-clamp tightened down on each side of the door track to stop it from rising.

Windows are an attractive addition to garage doors but what looks out also looks in. Apply a reflective film to the inside of your windows to block the view.

Telling neighbors you’re going out of town won’t deter thieves but it will help if they notice activity. In 2011 a coach for DePaul University was robbed while out of town by thieves posing as movers .

Raynor Garage Doors of Kansas City can fit your home with the latest in garage doors and opening systems to discourage thieves but taking steps to secure your existing doors can keep your home safe so you can enjoy your vacation and return to a home just as you left it. Call us today to learn more!

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