In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over a few basic tactics you can take to upgrade the security capabilities of your garage door. While the doors themselves are a large part of keeping your home secure, a few additional themes can help maximize things here.
At Crawford Door Sales, our steel carriage doors are just one example of high-quality options we offer with security in mind. Here are a few additional tips we can offer on ensuring you’re never at risk through the garage area.
Block Emergency Release
One element of the garage that every burglar and home thief out there definitely knows all about? The emergency release mechanism, which is included in all modern garage doors. This is a device that allows for home and business owners to still be able to open their garage door in case of emergency, generally using a coat hanger or a similar tool – but the problem is, unsavory characters can use this same process to break in.
To prevent this, you simply have to loop or zip-tie another kind of thread through an opening in the emergency release mechanism. This will prevent it from being fully engaged at any time.
For some of the simplest protection available, consider a few different lock types for your garage. These are more common on commercial buildings like businesses with valuables inside. There are a wide range of possible locks you can use here, from deadbolts to padlocks and even automatic locks. You can also link up garage locks with your opener to allow for ease of use and convenience as you come and go. In fact, some openers come with preinstalled locking link technology.
Today’s modern technology allows for some amazing things, and the world of garage doors is no exception. Did you realize that if you have an integrated security system that includes your garage area, you can link your smartphone into this system in nearly every situation?
There are several apps here that allow you to control your garage door – and other parts of your security – from absolutely anywhere as long as you have your phone. They can send you alerts if the garage door opens, particularly during a period when it shouldn’t be opening. You can also use this technology to set schedules.
We touched on them in part one, but they’re so potentially valuable that we believe motion-sensor lights deserve another mention here. These lights can go both outside and inside the garage, and while they may not physically stop a burglar from coming in, they will deter them by removing the cover of darkness and giving the impression that someone has noticed them.
For more on how to further secure your garage door, or to learn about any of our overhead door solutions, speak to the pros at Crawford Door Sales today.