The modern household garage has many uses. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly common for it to be used for other things than to store cars. For many, the garage is used for personal possessions and equipment that doesn’t fit inside the home.
If you’ve recently moved into a new property and have some concerns about the level of security, there are a few precautions you can take to keep your valuables a bit safer. Take a look at six of the most effective garage door security improvements you should consider.
1. Set up a garage security camera system
There are a number of home security kits on the market that give people everything they need to successfully install a garage door security camera system. However, far too many systems are left to record endless hours of footage and are only accessed after a crime has taken place. Now, it’s possible to disrupt intruders before valuable items have been taken. Many leading modern security systems use the cloud and can be accessed remotely, usually from a smartphone or tablet.
These security systems use your home Wi-Fi to allow you to view live footage from anywhere in the world that also has an internet connection. More sophisticated systems can send notifications via phone call, text message, email or mobile app whenever there’s an intrusion. In some cases, the local police may also be automatically notified by a third-party monitoring center, if the service is included in your plan.
2. Add security lighting
The majority of criminal activity takes place under the cover of darkness, so it’s essential that the area surrounding your garage is well lit at night. Advancements in smart home technology have given homeowners options when it comes to security lighting, with systems on the market ranging from a simple timer-operated lighting system to motion-sensored lights.
Regardless of your preferred design, the addition of exterior lights to the property can reduce the probability of an undetected theft.
3. Install window shutters and grilles
Does your garage feature side windows for natural light and ventilation? If so, this area can prove to be a weak point in terms of security and can act as an easy way for criminals to gain entry. Prevent any kind of targeted attack on this vulnerable area by installing either a roller shutter or fixed security grille. This will act as a strong, robust and durable physical security solution that can thwart the efforts of even the most determined criminals.
4. Invest in additional locks
If your garage has a side door to enable pedestrian access or is attached to the main part of your house, add a high-security lock to the entrance if you don’t have one already. Sliding pad bolts or padlocks will also prove just as effective if you’re unable to install a high-security lock.
5. Secure your garage door
As the largest structural opening within your home, it’s essential that the door to your garage door is up to the job. Installing a high-security garage door can be an effective way of restricting access while giving the exterior look of your home a facelift. A good, quality garage door should only need replacing once every 20 years, so think of it as a long-term investment. Before you buy, speak with a few specialist companies to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.
6. Install rising bollards
The idea of rising bollards may seem like a bit of a stretch for a residential property — that is until you awake one morning to find that your fancy new sports car isn’t where you left it. Retractable or rising bollards can act as the ultimate barrier to keep your belongings safe. Sure, adding security lighting, roller shutters, new locks and a new garage door may prevent threats from coming in, but rising bollards are one of the few things that will keep items from leaving the premises.
When it comes to a secure home and garage, layered levels of defense are often your best bet. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or right here on our Resource Center for tips and tricks that can help you maximize your garage door security.
Originally published 11/28/16. Last updated 09/23/19.