When most people think about home security, they tend to overlook one of the most important points of entry in the home: the garage. In addition to securing your home's traditional doors and windows, it's a good idea to take a second look at your garage as well. More than likely, there are some practical steps you can take to increase garage security and enjoy added peace of mind.
Install Motion Detector Lights
Break-ins don't just happen around side doors and windows; these days, burglars and thieves will use any means necessary to get into your home, and this includes breaking in through your garage. With this in mind, adding motion detection lights around your garage can be a great way to deter criminals from attempting entry. These lights can be placed on either side of your garage door and will illuminate your driveway/yard if the sensor is tripped. Often times, this is deterrence enough for a would-be burglar.
Consider "Smart" Garage Technology
One common security mistake people make when it comes to their garage doors is accidentally leaving them open when they're not in use. If you have a tendency to make this mistake, it may be worth upgrading to a "smart" garage door opener, which will provide you with convenient features like sending an alert to your phone if your garage door is left open for an extended period of time. You can also control your garage doors remotely from your phone using a B&D Smart Phone Control Kit and even set timers to make sure they remain closed throughout the day.
Take Your Remote With You
If a thief sees your car parked outside your home with a garage door opener visible on the visor, he or she may break into your car to steal the remote and thus gain easy access to your home. Eliminate this possibility altogether by never leaving your garage door remote in your car, regardless of whether you're at home or not. Simply tossing the remote into your purse or bringing it inside your home with you will greatly reduce the risk of your home's security being compromised.
Secure Interior Entry Doors
Finally, if you have a garage that is attached to your home, make sure that your interior entry doors leading from the garage into your home are secure. This way, even if somebody were to get into your garage, they would have difficulty accessing the rest of your home. Having a deadbolt lock or even a security keypad installed on your interior garage entry door is a great way to increase security without spending a lot of extra money in the process.
Last but not least, remember that your exterior garage doors are the first line of defence for your home when it comes to security. If your garage roller doors lack structural integrity and security/safety features like anti-pinch technology, it may be time to upgrade to a new Panelift® door. Wholesale Garage Doors offers a wide range of B&D roller doors, including those from the popular Panelift® Icon™ series, to help maximise security on your property.