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Garage Door Safety Tips

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An area of the home that many homeowners don't realize is a popular entry point for burglars is the garage. While many homeowners routinely install strong locks on the front and back doors, however, they forget about securing the garage door.

Fortunately, it's easy to boost the safety and security of your garage door and deny would-be thieves access to your home.

Here are a few simple ways to create a safer home for your family with a secure overhead door in Dallas.

Always Close the Garage Door

As a homeowner, it's important to understand "crimes of opportunity," which occur when a thief sees an extraordinarily easy way to break into someone's house. An open garage door is a huge beacon to thieves and will attract burglars like nothing else.

Even if you don't have a brand new overhead door, or you have an old garage door opener that isn't as secure as new models, simply closing the door is a huge deterrent to thieves. Even if you just plan to drop by the post office with a 5-minute trip, always close the overhead door when you leave.

Install a Secure Garage Door Opener

If you have a garage door opener on your overhead door, it's inherently safer than a door without an opener. However, these devices don't provide absolute and complete security because thieves can use a hook and wire to release the door.

This method of opening a garage door isn't particularly easy, but an experienced thief can get your garage door open if it has an older style of opener that doesn't have an updated design that makes the hook useless.

Make Sure Windows and Doors are Locked

It's very common to see a homeowner install a highly secure overhead door but forget completely about installing a secure door that leads from the garage to the interior of the house. Always lock this door when you leave the house, even if you have a brand new garage that's as secure as Fort Knox.

It's best to install a lock with a deadbolt and a heavy-duty strike plate, just like you would for your front or main entry door. A flimsy door with a lock a 2nd grader could pick is definitely not the way you want to secure your garage door.

Always Remove the Overhead Door Opener from Your Car

Many people leave their garage door openers in their cars, and a locked car door isn't a suitable barrier against someone who wants access to your garage door opener. You might find it easier to use a garage door remote on a keychain rather than an opener that clips to your car's sun visor.

Consider: If you keep your car's registration inside your vehicle in the glove box, a thief will know where you live if he breaks into your car when it's parked away from home. If you leave the remote in your car, the thief can figure out your address and have the garage door opener on hand to get right into your home.

Update Your Door with New Security Features

With new overhead door installation, you'll get to choose from several security features that help improve the overall security of your home. One neat feature is a monitor that tells you whether the door is open or closed. If you find the door is open, and you want it closed, you can shut it remotely from anywhere in the house.

This advanced monitor also comes with a timer to ensure the door closes after a certain number of hours. Closing the door automatically can be helpful if you go inside after using the garage and forget to close the door for a few hours.

Ensure a Secure Home with Allen Garage Repair

If you're worried about the safety of your home and the security features on your overhead door, get in touch with Allen Garage Repair for installation of all the safety updates you need for your overhead door. From new overhead door installation to updates of the garage door opener, we can take care of any service required for your home's garage door parts and machinery.

And of course, always remember, if you’re in need of a garage door repair or maintenance check, feel free to visit Grapevine Garage Door Repair or give us a call at (817) 398-0022