Garage Door Security. How can I avoid a garage break-in?

So, you’ve installed a beautiful new garage door in your home. Perhaps a modern, timber look door, a tilt door or a wonderfully unique custom door. You’re thrilled with the outcome, but you may not have considered the garage door security you can put in place to decrease the likelihood of an attempted break-in.

Unfortunately in Australia, an average of 2.1% of homes are broken into annually, compared to the international average of 1.8%. This rate is lower than that of the US and the UK, but higher than countries including Spain, Japan, Germany and Sweden [source:].

It’s easy to be complacent about garage door security People fall into the common mentality that ‘these things happen to other people, not me’. Realistically, every home is susceptible to burglaries. Following are three main tips that may help you to avoid a break-in situation in your home.

Utilise modern technology for garage door security

These days, technology is very advanced and becoming more affordable, too. You can easily connect high-quality security cameras to your WiFi network, install motion detectors and connect your garage door security system to your alarm system. Consider each and all of these options to deter potential thieves and record suspicious behaviour. Another good thing about having these systems in place is their visibility to burglars, especially opportunists who may break in only if there appear to be low risks involved. These visible methods can successfully deter many opportunists.

Never leave your garage remote in your car in plain sight

This may seem like obvious advice, but it’s handy to place the things we use regularly in a place that’s easily accessible, and this means usually within eye-shot on our car’s dashboard or passenger seat. Recently, apps have become available for Apple and Android users to control your garage door from your phone, rather than a separate remote, which offers you an extra level of garage door security.

When leaving home for an extended period

The most effective way to safeguard your home and garage when going on an extended holiday is to completely disconnect the garage motor from the electrical powerpoint. This makes it impossible for the door to be tampered with via an external keypad or your remote control. Another option is to have a side-lock installed. This involves installing an internal lock that has a steel rod that engages vertically, stopping anyone from physically prising open your door. These precautions can give you added peace of mind while you’re away from home.

Where Do I Go To Get Peace of Mind?

Door Systems Australia offers a wide range of garage door security solutions, including smart garage door openers, and connection to home automation systems.

Contact us today and we would be happy to talk you through your options.

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