Tips For Improving The Security Of Your Overhead Garage Door

You use your garage door on a regular basis to exit and enter your home; but did it ever cross your mind that someone else might be thinking about using your garage door to access your home, too?

When you close and lock your garage door, you probably think that your home is safe and secure. While this is often the case, it isn't always true. If an intruder is eyeing your home, he or she will use any means possible to get in, and the garage is often an easy point of entry. Here are some tips that you can use in order to ensure your overhead garage door is secured and that your family and your valuables are safe from intruders.

Take the Remote

While it may be handy to leave the remote for your garage door opener in your car, doing so is an invitation to thieves.

Instead of clipping your remote to your visor or stashing it in your glove compartment, take it with you. If you don't want to store a big, bulky remote, get a smaller one that can be attached to your keychain. It will still be just as handy, since all you'll have to do is press the button on your keys to open and close the door, and it will ensure that you don't leave the remote behind.

Install Motion Activated Lights

Robbers like to work under the cloak of darkness. Install motion activated lights around your garage and you'll take away that cloak. As soon as a would-be intruder approaches your garage door, the lights will turn on and he or she will likely choose to walk away, leaving your home unharmed.

Secure Your Interior Door

Reinforce the door in your garage that leads into your home. Instead of just using the lock on the knob, install a deadbolt.

A deadbolt may not be enough to keep away a smart and experienced robber, as he or she might know that applying brute force to the door will make the door give way despite the extra lock. Reinforce the dead bolt area by installing a metal sleeve prior to installing the dead bolt. You should also upgrade the screws in the hinges, replacing the stock screws that came with the door with thicker, longer screws.

Bolt It Shut

If you are planning on leaving town, or even before you go to bed at night, bolt your overhead garage door shut.

Place a bolt into one of the holes in the track of the garage door. This will make it impossible for the door to be lifted, upping your security.

With these simple tips, you can boost your home's security and keep your loved ones and your possessions safe from intruders. For more information on making your garage door safer, contact Calgary Overhead Doors LTD.