I don’t know about you, but, after a long work commute and taking the trash and dog out, we’ve been known to leave our garage door open all night! When I wake up and see it was left open, I always do a quick inventory of items and thankfully, none have been taken…yet.
Garage doors have become a popular entry way for thieves looking for a quick grab of lawn equipment, tools, appliances, bikes, etc. There are many ways to secure your garage to make sure this doesn’t happen to you, and we’ll take a look at a few here.
Keychain Garage Door Opener
You might consider a keychain remote garage door opener instead of leaving it on your car visor. If your car is broken in to and the opener is stolen, a stranger is already halfway inside your home! A keychain remote just replaces the traditional wall button with a Smart Button, and uses rolling code technology to receive a signal from the remote that operates your garage door. It can sense when the door has been opened or closed (and for how long), so if there’s been activity without your knowledge, you can guess someone else opened it.
Here are a few options:
- One-button Remotes – These remotes operate the door using one button and is for people who don’t want a lot of confusion, but simple.
- Two-button Remotes – These remotes operate with with two buttons to control possibly gate access and/or two-door garage. Some include programmable security codes and cost a little more.
- Multi-purpose Remotes – These remotes open, close, lock, and turn off the light in the garage.
The average cost for a remote is about $35.
Garage Door Opener Apps
Now, this is cool – both Android and iPhone devices have apps for operating your garage door! One very inexpensive one, MyDoorOpener, uses the internet and your iPhone or Android phone to monitor and operate your garage door. It’s secure and encrypted using a password scheme that’s updated with every operation.
Another app called iSmart Gate uses Siri and an iSmart Gate device to open your garage door, no internet is needed.
Keep it Locked
Make sure you have a deadbolt lock installed on the door into your home from the garage. This will provide extra security if someone happens to get into your garage. High-end deadbolts might cost near $80, but you can get a quality one for about $20.
Here are a few more ideas you might consider to secure your garage:
- Frost or cover your garage door windows
- ALWAYS close your garage door at night
- Install a wide-angled peephole in the door from your house to the garage to use if you hear noises
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