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Garage Safety Tips
Posted on Nov 5th, 2015

Garage doors are a common weak point when looking at security in a whole-home approach and an easy target for thieves. Garage doors are not only a weakness, but provide criminals a shelter once inside. To the casual passerby an open garage with a work truck pulled up to it doesn’t look out of place or scream break-in.
Securing your garage door doesn’t just mean the roll-up door; you have to look at every entrance point as a vulnerability. Not that any loss to your family isn’t devastating, but one that occurs through a preventable measure just shouldn’t happen.
Here are the 9 most important things you can do to secure your garage.
  • 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.
  • Invest in a key chain remote opener – Get a key chain remote opener that you can leave on your keys.
  • Secure your garage door emergency release.
  • Keep it locked – Put a deadbolt on the door between your house and garage
  • 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
  • Don’t leave your garage door open. It’s just inviting someone to pop their heads in and grab something.
  • Frost or cover your garage windows – Don’t do thieves any favors by enabling them to see when your vehicle is gone
  • 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.
  • Don’t neglect maintenance on the mechanical parts of your roll-up garage door and keep an eye out for corrosion or loose bolts. Don’t forget the door from your garage to your house; check the frame, locks, hinges and any replaceable items.
Keep drilling these ideas into your head and don’t be the victim of a garage door break-in this holiday season!


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