Tips for Ensuring Your Garage Is Secure

Posted on: 15 September 2015

When you own a home that has a garage attached, security isn't something you can afford to underestimate. After all, not only is the pass-through door from your garage to the house your primary means of entry when you park in the garage, it also serves as an access point for potential thieves. Here are a few tips to help you ensure that your garage is secure and protected from potential burglars.

Consider the Controllers

One of the most significant vulnerabilities of your garage is the remote control. If you store your garage remote on your car's visor, you're leaving your garage at risk. Whether you're parked on the street outside your home, at work, or in the grocery store parking lot, all the thief needs to do is break into your car. From there, he or she can take the remote as well as your registration, which includes your address.

While this isn't as big a concern if you're far away from home, it's a very real concern when you're going about your normal daily routines at local venues or at work. To avoid this risk, don't leave your garage remote anywhere in open view in your car. Invest in a keychain garage controller or something small that you can pack in your pocket. That way, the remote isn't even in your console, glove compartment or other area where it could be discovered by a rummaging thief in your car.

Secure the Pass-through Door

The door that passes from your garage to your house is a key source of concern. If you're one of those people who believes that when your garage door is closed, the pass-through door is secure, you may not even lock it. The best thing to do to avoid this mistake is to install an automatic closure with a self-engaging deadbolt lock that keeps anyone from gaining access to your house just because they gained entry to the garage.

While you're installing the automatic closure and the lock, consider replacing the entire door. A solid wooden door or one made from a heavy reinforced metal provides more security than a thin, hollow door. The more stable the door is, the less chance you'll have of someone kicking it in to gain entry to your house.

Prevent Outside Visibility

When nobody can see into your garage, it's not as big a temptation. After all, when nobody can see inside the garage, they can't tell if you're home or not. This is one of the biggest deterrents to break-ins. When thieves can't investigate the area and see what's in there, they are less likely to break in. Consider installing frosted glass on your garage windows for this purpose, as it blocks visibility into the garage from outside.

Survey the Property

The final step that you should take to secure your garage is to evaluate the rest of the property for any vulnerabilities. Take a step back and look at the whole area as though you were a burglar. Consider what areas might be vulnerable, because those are the spots that a burglar would consider. Look for windows that would be easy to get to and break open. Is there a keypad for emergency access to the garage door? If so, make sure that it's secure. Consider putting a locking panel over it so that nobody can get to it. Then, plant a few thick bushes or plants in front.

Once you've addressed the security of the garage itself, you'll want to make sure that your remote is secure as well. If your garage door remote is one of those units with a locked access code that's programmed once and stored, you're at a greater risk of someone spoofing the remote with a scanner. Instead, invest in a remote that resets the code by satellite frequently. That ensures that your remote is secure from hackers.

Talk with a local garage door repair or installation service to help you find the most secure door for your garage.