The garage is an often overlooked entryway to the home when considering home security. Many homeowners think that because the garage door is large and remote controlled, it’s unbreachable. And because the garage door is unbreachable, many people don’t bother to lock the door to the house from the garage, either. This is a dangerous mindset, as more and more burglars have started opting for trying this back entrance first.

Never Leave Your Garage Door Open

It’s always surprising to us how many people leave their garage doors open and inviting to anybody and everybody. This sounds like common sense, but keep your garage doors closed when you’re not using it. This is especially important if you, like most homeowners, store equipment or belongings in the garage as well as your vehicles. Get into a good habit of closing the garage door after you use it.

Don’t Leave Your Remote In The Car

A very important step that you can take is to ditch the remote to your garage door that you clip inside your car. Car thefts or car break-ins are devastating enough, but if your garage door opener gets stolen along with the car or other belongings, your home is now compromised, too. It’s easy enough for burglars to find your home address through the documents in your glove box. Switch instead to a small keychain garage door remote. It’s easier to take with you when you leave the car, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing it’s by your side.

Secure The Emergency Release

Automatic garage doors have an emergency release cord that can be accessed easily from the outside with just a wire coat hanger by any thief. Here is a quick video demonstration on how to use a simple zip tie to prevent this breach from happening.

Lock the Pedestrian Door

you should always keep the pedestrian door from your garage into your house locked. If your garage door is ever breached, the thief won’t have easy access to your house and its inhabitants.

Frost or Cover Windows

The best choice is to have a garage door that doesn’t have windows. You don’t want house burglars to see when your car is gone or what you have stored inside your garage. If your garage door has windows, frost them or cover them up.

Manually Lock the Garage When Out of Town

When you leave your home for an extended period of time for a trip or to stay in another location, it’s a good idea to manually lock your garage door—along with securely locking your other doors. Many garage doors come with manual locks on an exterior handle that must be unlocked and used to pull up the door when you return. If your garage door does not have a manual lock, look for somewhere to add a padlock to the door so that it can’t be opened from the outside at all. When you get back, use the front door to get into the house and open the garage from the inside.

Motion Detector Lights

Exterior lighting is crucial for home security. Eliminating pockets of darkness that burglars may hide in heavily discourages them from attempting to enter your home or garage. The garage driveway is also just an important area to have well-lit so that your can safely drive into the garage at night. Motion detector lights serve all of these purposes very well, since they’ll turn on when your car pulls up, lighting the way, and they’ll also startle burglars who dare to approach your property.

Smartphone Notifications

With a smartphone app like Protect America’s free SMART Connect app, you can get notifications on your smartphone whenever your garage door is opened without your permission. It can also send you a notification whenever someone approaches your driveway. This help you anticipate visitors or returning family members. It monitors and connects you to an installed garage door sensor or driveway sensor. This keeps you alerted to the status of your home and its security no matter where you are.

The garage is an important entry point and area of the home. Please share this with your friends and family so that they can all keep this vulnerable part of their house secured. If you have any questions or would like to set up a garage door sensor or driveway sensor, call Protect America today at 1-888-951-5136.