In the world of home security there are a lot of different products that take advantage of the new technology that continues to be available. The garage door and automatic garage door opener have long been a part of that trend, and most people do think of them in a home security sense. However, most people don’t really think too hard about what home security means when it comes to their garage door and garage door opener. Most of us use our garage doors every day a few times to go in and out of our homes. Many people in fact use their garage doors more often than their front door or any other door simply because they drive a lot and so end up needing their car which is kept in their garage. Garage doors are the largest door in your home and so can be a security threat if not approached in the right way and kept in mind when thinking about security. In this article I’ll go through some of the things to keep in mind when approaching your garage door and garage from a home security point of view. The biggest tip anybody can give you in order to keep your home safe from garage door intruders is to simply keep your garage door closed whenever you aren’t actively using the entryway. Aside from closing your garage door there are also obviously some other things that you can keep in mind when thinking about home security for your garage door.
The first thing aside from your garage door being closed when you aren’t using it is to make sure that your garage door closes fully and also operates correctly. If your garage door isn’t closing or opening properly you may mean to close it, but you are far away from your house before you would even notice that it ended up going back up at the last second. If your garage door also doesn't close fully intruders may be able to reach underneath it to activate the safety mechanisms or simply lift enough for the garage door to raise up thinking that something has gone awry. This can all be tested pretty simply by standing outside of your garage door and checking to see if you could get into your garage without using the remote or the code from your keypad.
Another easy thing to keep in mind is to make sure that if you are using a key code for your garage door as well as a remote, like many do, make sure that the code is not easily guessed. Things like birthdays, phone numbers and addresses make pretty bad key codes, especially if whoever wants to get in has done their homework or knows you. Your garage door doesn’t have to be a rolling hexadecimal code, but something unique that your family can remember easily is suggested. Just remember not to give it out to too many people, and if you do to change the code every so often.
As garage doors and garage door openers get smarter and more integrated into our home security system it takes a lot of the worry out of our lives, but one thing you can do to make sure that these things are working at their best and in conjunction with each other is to regularly test and update them. New software might come out for your smart home security that fixes a security risk and so it is always best to make sure that these are updated frequently and that you know what it is you are updating.
The last tip I’ll give today is one of the simple ones that many of us don’t really think about actually. Many of us rely on our garage doors to be one of the main security measures to keep others out of our home. However, locking the door that goes from your garage to your actual home can act as a secondary piece of security and is often left unlocked in favor of convenience. If your door is locked and an intruder has gone through a lot of trouble and time in order to get into your garage they may be okay with simply giving up their and stealing what they can from a car or your storage. This is obviously not the best case scenario, but it is much better for your safety than having someone break into your house.
Home security is a pretty important issue when it comes to your garage and garage door, so take a bit of time when it is installed or every so often to make sure that you are using it to its fullest to ensure your family’s safety. Garage doors and garage door openers make things relatively simple to keep you safe but doing things like checking on your garage door, updating your softwares and keeping your other doors locked can really add up to make a difference with nearly no effort at all. If you have questions or concerns about your garage door system and want to learn about what other things you can do contact your local garage door professional and they will surely be able to help you.