Most homeowners do everything they can to ensure the complete security of their homes, by installing strong front entry doors, securing their lawns, locking their windows every night, etc. However, one of the weakest entry points always goes ignored, the garage door.
A garage door might seem secure because of its sheer bulk and size, but in reality, they have plenty of weak spots that crooks can take advantage of. Around 9% of burglars break into homes through the garage.
Here are six clever yet easy ways to secure your garage door.
Frost the Garage Door Windows
Although windows add a nice visual touch to your garage door and allow sunlight to enter the otherwise dark garage room, they can be used against you by potential intruders. A simple peer through the windows can help them determine if someone is in the house or not.
Adding a layer of frosted film to your garage door windows, like the ones used in School Security Doors, can prevent outsiders from looking inside and scoping out your valuable materials. It still allows light to filter through the window.
Monitor the Garage with a Smart Gadget
A locked garage door doesn’t ensure complete protection, as a burglar could force it open or hack its code. Instead, get a smart device that monitors your garage door’s activity and notifies you in case of a break-in.
The monitor receives a signal from the sensors and tells you whether the garage door is open or closed. Battery-operated sensors and monitors are readily available, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of wiring.
Install an Automatic Door Closer
Quite regrettably, a high number of burglaries occur because some homeowners simply forget to close their garage doors.
If you think you’re a clumsy or forgetful type, installing an automatic garage door closer will add an extra layer of protection. Installing one takes minimal work and you can be done in less than an hour.
Invest in a Heavy Garage Door
If you think your garage door is outdated or constantly needs a garage door repair, it might be time to invest in a new, safer garage door. Ideally, it’s best to get a heavy garage door. Not only does it work as extra enforcement, but also increases your home’s curb appeal.
Reinforced steel and solid-core wood garage doors are significantly more difficult to break into than average vinyl or aluminum doors. Getting a new garage door can also be a great investment.
Get a Security Camera Installed
Security systems aren’t as expensive as they used to be. Thanks to modern technology, there are plenty of effective and affordable options. You can even make a DIY smart home security system if you’re handy with tools.
Just the idea of a security camera can deter the majority of burglars and intruders, knowing that their faces, clothes, and physical attributes are being recorded. Additionally, put a warning sign of your active security system in your yard.