Every time you close your home’s garage doors, you probably think you and your family are safe. For the most part, that is true. However, there are a few security tips you should know about how those garage doors could be putting you at risk from savvy crooks who know how to exploit potential inadequacies.
One of the biggest problems is the feature that allows you to open your garage doors in the event of a power failure. It is important not to be trapped in your home, but armed with just a coat hanger, a thief can trip the release and be in your garage in seconds. Windows in your garage doors make it even easier for them to do this. To circumvent this security snag, there are newer products on the market where the release must be activated by a downward motion. Since someone outside your garage would be at an angle, the release won’t work for them. Today’s high-tech openers have plenty of built-in security features to provide added safety. To make it more difficult for a would-be criminal, you can also cover the windows or replace your garage doors with a solid option.
Gaining access to your garage doesn’t always happen through the garage doors. Many homes also have a service door. You may not have thought this door needs a dead bolt and heavy-duty strike plate like other exterior doors, but consider that once someone has gotten into the garage, it is often an easy matter to get into the house. Besides, they may just be interested in your vehicle and other items in the garage, which they now can easily take by opening the garage doors.
If you would like to know more about security issues pertaining to garage doors and how we can help you maximize safety for your family, give us a call at Doors by Nalley. We offer a wide range of garage door products and services, including 24/7 emergency response.