Most doors on your house aren't much more than a door on a hinge with a latch and lock. This simplicity means there are fewer security loopholes that thieves can exploit. However, the garage door is more than just a door. It's a semi-automated mechanical device that can be remotely opened. It also has a safety release handle in case someone gets caught under the door when it closes. This complexity provides more security loopholes for thieves. This is why garage doors are highly vulnerable to break-ins.
Secure the Manual Release Handle/Cord
Many thieves are able to access the manual release handle from outside your closed garage door with a coat hanger and subsequently get inside your garage within six seconds. The simplest fix is to secure the handle with a plastic zip-tie. The zip-tie is strong enough to prevent a coat hanger from releasing the handle but is easily broken by yanking down on the handle or cord. Commercially made metal shields can also be installed that prevent this type of break-in.
Don't Leave the Garage Door Remote in Your Car
The only thing worse than leaving the remote in your car is leaving it in plain sight. When a thief breaks into your car, the damage he can do is limited to your possessions in the car and the car itself. However, if he finds your garage door remote, he now has access to your garage and possibly the inside of your home.
Install an Alarm Security System and Use Security Stickers
A security alarm is an extra layer of defense for your home. It should include the garage as one of its zones of protection. After installation, don't forget to place stickers that advertise your home’s security to deter thieves from breaking into your garage or any other part of your home.
Install a Slide Lock
This is a simple mechanical slide lock that is on the inside of the garage door. Use it while sleeping at night, during trips away from home and as an extra precaution whenever you feel the need. You can also install bolt locks that automatically engage when the door is closed.
Get Homeowners Insurance
True, homeowners insurance won't secure your garage door against a break-in, but it can secure you financially in case the worst happens. In addition to covering theft and vandalism, it covers fire damage, storm damage, dog bites, fences and other external structures, as well as your personal belongings. Talk to your independent insurance agent for more information.
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