How to Prevent Garage Break-Ins

How to Prevent Garage Break-Ins

March 31, 2020

Most homeowners do what they can to protect their homes from intrusion and break-ins, but unfortunately the garage tends to get relegated to the back burner. The good news is that preventing garage break-ins in Scottsdale, AZ while you are home or away doesn’t take much effort. Here are some tips to help you secure your garage all day, every day.

Keep your door remote on you

Back in the day, leaving the garage door opener in your car’s glove box or clipped to the sun visor was the norm. Today, authorities recommend you never leave your remote in plain sight inside your vehicle, in the glove box or in the center console. If you don’t have a secret hiding place in your vehicle where thieves won’t look, bring it with you.

Many modern-day garage door remotes are now quite small, and compact enough to clip to a keychain or keep in a purse or bag. Avoid stuffing it in a pocket where it can accidentally be pushed—the door can open without you knowing while you are inside your house. A remote not kept inside a bag should be left on a table near the door so you don’t inadvertently sit or lean on the button. Another option is to sync your garage door to your smartphone using an app.

Install a stronger garage door

Many older garage doors are not as strong as today’s more rigid and durable doors. If you worry that your door is not durable enough to prevent a garage break-in, consider replacing it with a new one. Choose a sandwich-style garage door with both sides layered in steel sheeting. These doors are built to be stronger and can stand up to all sorts of heavy-duty tools used by criminals—electric saws, steel ram bars, etc. Alternatively, you can opt for an even stronger door, one that’s injected with 1.75-inch thick polyurethane.

Cover any windows on your garage door

If you have windows on the upper section of your garage door, burglars can easily see what you have stored in your garage. Garage door windows made of clear glass should be covered with a non-see-through curtain or opaque or reflective privacy window film. If you’re planning to order a new garage door, make sure the windows have tinted or frosted glass.

Tips for day and night protection

You might be concerned about leaving your house unattended for an extended period of time, but there are steps you can take ahead of your absence to ensure the garage is secure. Consider locking the door or disconnecting the motor from the electrical outlet in the garage.

A good tip to keep the things in your garage safe from thieves is to double-check the door every night before going to bed. Install exterior motion sensor lighting around your home and garage. Look into getting an alarm system that connects to your garage door system.

The team at Affordable Garage Doors wants to help with preventing garage break-ins in Scottsdale, AZ. Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation!

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