The garage door system is an important part of a home. In most cases, entering the home through a garage will lead to a second access point into the home. With home security we always emphasize the importance of protecting your doors and windows. However, many people do not think about the access point of the garage door. For this reason we have developed a sensor specifically designed for your garage. However when investing in a device it is important to know how it works! In this post we will discuss the importance of the garage door sensor, provide garage security tips, and tell you how the garage door sensor actually works.

How It Works:

In general, we suggest you arm all doors and windows with a sensor. This will keep a burglar from stepping foot inside your home. Let’s say you arm the door leading from the garage into the house, but then forget to arm the garage door or simply don’t have a garage sensor. Tools, automobiles, lawn equipment and other expensive items for a burglar to target could vanish without your alarm even going off if you don’t secure your garage door! Just because you keep it in the garage doesn’t mean it isn’t worth protecting.

The garage door sensor from Protect America extends intrusion protection to garage structures and enables our customers to achieve whole home security. By detecting the tilt of the overhead door, the garage door sensor alerts your alarm system if an intruder enters through the garage. Once armed, if the garage door opens to a 45-degree angle, the sensor goes into an alarm condition, which can turn on the siren and automatically call the central monitoring station. The garage door sensor is designed to be mounted on the inside of your overhead garage door.

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Safety Tips:

Garage doors are a common weak point when looking at security in a whole-home approach and an easy target for thieves. Garage doors are not only a weakness, but provide burglars a shelter once inside. To the casual passerby, an open garage with a work truck pulled up to it doesn’t look out of place. Here are some additional safety tips for keeping your garage door secure:

  • Never leave your garage door opener inside your vehicle. If a burglar gets ahold of it, they have easy access into your home.
  • Invest in a keychain remote opener.
  • Frost or cover your garage windows – Don’t do thieves any favors by enabling them to see when your vehicle is gone, a better idea would be to replace the door with one that lacks windows.
  • Keep it locked! Put a deadbolt on the door between your house and garage. If it’s really that much of an inconvenience to have to use a key each time you come home, Protect America also offers programmable deadbolt locks that don’t require keys!
  • Even if you’re just going down the street, be sure to keep your garage door closed at all times. Having the garage door open with no supervision is just inviting a burglar to take a peek inside and possibly take something.
  • Stay Secure

    We hope this article has helped you understand how garage sensors work and given you some safety tips to think about in the process. For home security you can rely on, consider Protect America. You can get 24/7 monitoring for as low as $19.99 a month, free equipment and a lifetime warranty. Protect your home and your wallet with Protect America!