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Top 10 Garage Door Security Tips

Posted On 05/09/2013 |  0 Comments

Ran across an interesting article that covered the Top 10 Ways to Prevent Garage Door Breakins.  Many of these are pretty self explanatory (and a few might be a little bit of overkill depending on your neighborhood).  But I wanted to touch base on the first 2 on their list...

1. Don’t leave the garage door remote in your vehicle – If a thief breaks in to your car and steal the remote he has a way into your home.
 
2. Invest in a keychain remote opener – Stop using that remote you clip to your visor and get a keychain remote opener that you can leave on your keys.
 
Every few weeks we get a call from a customer who has either had their vehicle stolen with a remote inside of it or had their vehilce broken into and their remote control is missing.  In the majority of cases they see it as an inconvenience to not have a remote, but we make sure to tell them that they really should make sure the remote control has been disabled from their opener (either by changing the switch settings on the opener or by erasing the memory if its a rolling code type opener).  
 
But its number two on the list that may be more important: "Invest in a keychain remote opener".  Just about every car these days has a remote to lock and unlock your doors, so why not add another small device to be able to open and close your garage door?  Especially if you don't actually park in the garage, would you leave your house keys attached to your sun visor?  Probably not, so why leave the garage key.
 
The great thing is that most brands of openers have a pretty reasonalby priced key chain type remote control and here are a few popular ones that we offer for LiftMaster, Sears Craftsman, and Genie Garage Door Openers.
 
 
Here is the full list from itstactical.com  or you can click the link to read their full article.
 
Top 10 Garage Door Security Tips to Prevent Break-Ins
 
1)  Don’t leave the garage door remote in your vehicle – If a thief breaks in to your car and steal the remote he has a way into your home.
 
2)  Invest in a keychain remote opener – Stop using that remote you clip to your visor and get a keychain remote opener that you can leave on your keys.
 
3)  Secure your garage door emergency release – Follow our article and learn how easy it is throw some zip-ties on your emergency release and still retain it’s intended function.
 
4)  Keep it locked – Put a deadbolt on the door between your house and garage; is it really that much of an inconvenience to have to use a key each time you come home?
 
5)  Make sure the door from your garage into your house is as secure as your front door – Ensure you have a strong, sturdy door made out of solid-core wood or reinforced steel and install an Anti-Kick device like the Door Devil on it!
 
6)  Don’t leave your garage door open – It amazes me how many people in my neighborhood just leave their garage door open all the time. It’s just inviting someone to pop their heads in and grab something. Listen up America! I don’t care how safe you think your neighborhood is, good neighborhoods are the first place criminals like to drive through to case houses.
 
7)  Install a wide-angle peephole in the door between your house and your garage – You’ll at least be able to see what’s going on if you hear a strange noise; rather than opening the door to find out.
 
8)  Frost or cover your garage windows – Don’t do thieves any favors by enabling them to see when your vehicle is gone, a better idea would be to replace the door with one that lacks windows.
 
9)  Padlock the throw latch on your garage door when you’re out of town – If you don’t have a manual lock on your garage door, you can use a c-clamp tightened down on each side of the door track to effectively “lock” down the door. It’s similar to those small window track locks you can buy for your home interior windows.
 
10) Don’t neglect maintenance on the mechanical parts of your roll-up garage door and keep an eye out for corrosion. Don’t forget the door from your garage to your house; check the frame, locks, hinges and any replaceable items.
 
 

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