When was the last time you checked the security of your garage door? A week? A month? A quick glance half a year ago? Not at all since it was installed? If it’s the latter, you wouldn’t be alone. People tend to take for granted that a garage door remains secure and is still a reliable protector of their property. The problem is, that garage doors can be a weak point in your home security.
Considering that the garage generally contains some of the most expensive possessions (power tools, bicycles, your car!), you’d do well to have a quick peek and see if everything is in working order. Garages may also lead to side door access into the house, the door that most people leave unlocked; the door that most people don’t even consider.
Ok, the aim of this article isn’t to make you paranoid (although we’re probably doing a pretty good job of it so far), but to make sure you are aware of the potential risk of theft and break in if you don’t take care of your garage door. So what can you do about it? Well luckily for you, we have a few top tips for making sure your garage door is safe and secure.
First things first, standard garage locks are prone to picking, hammering, drilling and a whole host of other methods (you don’t have to take our word for it either, just go to YouTube and type in ‘6 second garage break in’). Updating your locks with something a little more secure will raise security instantly. There are a tremendous number of choices out there, from the practical to the completely unnecessary and impractical – fingerprint recognition locks being one of the latter – and often, a good quality standard master lock might be sufficient. Whilst the cheapest option, the problem with master locks though is that they’re still quite easy to break.
A more reliable option would be a t-handle lock. These are mounted on the middle of the garage door. They are durable and good enough to secure any door, although they do tend to wear quickly and should be checked every once in a while to see if they are still performing well.
If you’re looking to replace your garage door, you might want to consider an electrically operated garage door. The benefit of an electronically operated door is that they will automatically lock when they are fully closed. Without the door operator, anyone you don’t want getting access is not going to get in.
If you are securing genuinely expensive items in your garage (classic cars for example), then one of the higher end electronic locking solutions may be right for you. An electronic lock that is opened when the correct code has been input is probably the most applicable choice.
There are plenty, maybe even far too many choices out there, but one thing is for sure – securing your garage door, however simple or outlandishly you decide to do it, is an important part of keeping your belongings secure.