When you think about someone breaking into your home, you might not think about them doing so through your garage. However, your garage can put your home at an increased risk of a break-in if you aren't careful. These are a few things that you can do to help prevent break-ins through this entrance to your home.
1. Avoid Making Your Remote Easily Accessible
First of all, you'll want to be careful about where you leave your remote. Some people make the mistake of leaving their garage door opener clipped to their car's visor, even when their car is parked in the driveway. Obviously, you want to keep your garage door remote in a convenient place, but leaving it out in the open can seem like an invitation for someone to enter your garage and therefore your home. Instead, keep your garage door remote locked away in your center console or glove compartment or keep it on your key chain, which you can then bring into the house after you return home each day.
2. Lock the Door That Leads to Your Home
Many people leave the door that leads from the garage into the home unlocked, thinking that their home is safe as long as the garage door is closed. However, this makes it that much easier for someone to access your home, so it's best to keep this door locked and bolted when you're not using it.
3. Change Your Garage Door Remote Code
Believe it or not, some smart thieves know how to intercept a garage door remote and may try universal codes in an attempt to enter someone's garage and home. This means that you should consider changing your garage door remote code to something different. If you don't know how to do this—the directions should be with the paperwork for your garage door opener—a garage door repair professional can help.
4. Keep the Garage Door Tightly Closed
Leaving your garage door open can see like an invitation for thieves to see what you have inside and to let themselves in your house. Even leaving the garage door partially open, such as leaving a crack for an outdoor cat to get in and out, can put your garage and home at risk. This is why you should always keep your garage door tightly closed when it's not in use.
As you can see, there are ways that you can help prevent break-ins through your garage. Remember these four tips to help keep your home safe. For more information about garage doors, consult a professional like All Pro Quality Garage Doors, Inc.