Garage Door Security: Prevent Break-ins During the Holidays

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The holiday season is a time of cheer and gift-giving. But while families are focused on parties and gift-giving, unfortunately, many thieves are looking for opportunities during this time of year. Common problems include theft of boxes on the doorsteps or taking letters from the mailboxes. Some criminals are a little bolder and break into the house to find the hidden Christmas gifts inside. In fact, statistics show that a house is broken into every 18 seconds in the United States.

Securing the Entry Doors

If you want to protect your family and reduce the risk of a break-in, then you need to consider the security of the entry doors. The garage tends to be targeted because of the high-value items inside: sports equipment, mountain bikes, motorcycles, and more. Plus, unlocked cars can sometimes be a good source to find cash, wallets, and other valuables.

To make matters worse, if the person can get into the garage, then they might have easy access into the house. Too often, the door leading to the house is left unlocked.

Not only do you need to secure the garage door, but also consider the locks on all of the exterior doors and windows. A little bit of maintenance right now could prevent theft in the future.

Reducing the Risk of Garage Break-Ins

How should you improve the security of your garage door? Here are a few tips to help:

  • Update the Garage Door Opener: If your garage door opener was manufactured before 1993, then it needs to be updated. This equipment can be scanned by thieves, giving them easy access when they come back later.
  • Hide the Remote: Don’t leave your remote in plain sight. If the remote is clipped to the visor, then it is an invitation for burglars. Instead, consider using a mini remote that can be kept on your keychain or a system that is activated using a smartphone app.
  • Keep the Door Closed: Are you in the habit of leaving the garage door open and unattended? Then it is time to be diligent with closing the garage door to prevent theft.
  • Security Cameras and Lights: Install motion-activated lights on the exterior of the garage to deter thieves. Also, consider the installation of security cameras so that you can monitor the activity from any location.

Do you need help with updates for your garage door? Talk to the experts at Precision Garage Door Service: (951) 331-3254.