According to a study, 46% of the burglars admitted having found a way to enter the house through the garage. This is something terrifying because we only consider locking and re-checking our doors and windows. Most of us don’t care or don’t even know how easy it could be for any thief or burglar to get past your garage door opener because it isn’t secure.
All this information got you worried, right?
Well, you don’t have to worry about anything now because this post is dedicated to solve this particular problem only. We will discuss in detail the best ways to make your garage door opener more secure.
1. Use a more secure Passcode
Most of us don’t bother about changing the default passcode for our garage door openers. This is because security is not the first thing we worry about when we install it. We merely got it installed for our convenience. And that is a jackpot for the burglars, the first passcode they try is the default one which probably “0000”, “1111”, “1234” etc. Such codes are very easy to guess and some brands have the same default code for all of their garage openers.
As you can see it is very very easy to guess these default codes so always make sure you change the default passcode to a new and more secure one. This will safeguard you from all kinds of easy burglary attempts. Of course, there are other ways to increase the safety of your garage and we will find them in the rest of the article.
2. Add another layer of security
When you have closed your garage door from the inside you can add any kind of additional security lock to your garage door. So, that even if the burglars manage to crack up the passcode they still cannot get the garage door open. You can use any kind of a simple lock and lock the garage from the inside. This will further increase the security of your garage and also your house.
This another added up layer of security is something the burglars aren’t prepared for and they won’t try to break an inside lock from the outside. As it would create a lot of unwanted noise and all the thieves want to avoid noises at all costs. So, the final result will be you and your family can sleep peacefully and safely without worrying about your garage anymore.
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3. Make sure the garage windows are locked
It’s needless to say that you have to make sure that you keep your garage windows closed at night. This is Because it is an easy way for a burglar to get in and out. The worst part would be you won’t even know about the theft until the next day because it is a super-quiet way to enter and exit the house.
So, always make sure that your garage windows are locked whenever you are going out or at night. Apart from the garage door and the garage windows, there is nothing much left for a burglar to try.
4. Secure the inside door
Even if somehow the garage door security is compromised and the burglar is inside the garage, you need to be prepared for a scenario like that too. Always have a plan of action to what you would do if you face such a situation. There are many things that need to be taken care of if the burglar is already inside the garage. Some the important things to be taken care of are:
- Make sure the garage door connecting to the house ALWAYS remains locked and is very protected. A double door would be suggested.
- You do not keep any valuables in the garage that can be easily stolen by the burglars.
- You should have security cameras installed in your garage so that you can know what happened and who actually did it.
So make sure you take care of these things and you will be safe.
5. Level up the security by adding alarms
Yes, you heard it right! Alarms. You may be wondering that it is a little extra because nobody really uses that kind of security for their garage doors, right? WRONG!
Nowadays most people use alarms for all their doors and windows including the garage doors and windows. These alarms are triggered whenever someone tries to open an inside lock from the inside, forcefully open any door or window or make more than three wrong attempts of the passcode.
Note: Some people also have an automated 911 call feature. This feature makes a security-threat call to 911 automatically when the alarm sounds.
This is one of the safest methods that you can use to secure your garage and your house.
6. Equip your garage door with automatic timers
Nowadays people are always in a hurry. They get up, get ready quickly and rush for their work. Nobody has the time to take care of small things. In such a fast life it is a very high possibility that while running late for work, you forgot to close the garage door after leaving in your vehicle.
For such cases, you need to have an automatic timer installed on your garage door opener. This will make sure that your door gets closed automatically after a set period of time. So, your garage and your house will always be safe.
These were some of the best ways to make your garage door opener more secure. Personal safety is the first priority one should have so you need to make some changes to be safe at all times. You can’t always neglect these safety factors and wait for something to happen first. That is what most people do. Instead of waiting for something to happen first we always should be prepared to prevent it.
If you think we may have missed out an important point or if you have any other queries, you can feel free to ask them in the comment section below.