According to the FBI, a burglar strikes every 25.7 seconds in the US. That adds up to more than two burglaries every minute and over 3,300 burglaries per day. That could be why 62% of the respondents to our State of Safety survey named a break-in as their top property crime worry.
The garage is a good entry point to do this, as very often valuable belongings are kept there, such as motorcycles, bikes, personal belongings, tools, etc. Most residential burglaries occur during the day hours and typically over the summer months.
Primos Garage Doors is here to help familiarize you with some precautions to take to keep your home, belongings and loved ones safe.
Garage Door Opener’s Age
Not sure how to check and see how old your opener is?
- Check the numbers.
- Take a peek at the label on the motor housing. You can usually find this by lifting the plastic cover that protects the lightbulb.
- You may also be able to determine this by checking to see if there are reverse sensors at the bottom of the door rails.
If the system is made after 1993 it includes a photoelectric sensor reverse system.
- If the date is before 1993 it is time to consider changing it for the safety of your family. There is an easily traceable code that makes it simple for burglars to copy and use to enter.
Remotes in Plain Sight
Do Not leave your opener clipped to your sun visor.
- Hide it in a place where passersby cannot see and will not think to look.
- If needed, bring it with you.
There is also the option to use a mini remote control that typically clips to your keyring.
There are also new smartphone options with the appropriate applications to operate your garage opener with your phone.
Away for An Extended Time
Completely eliminate the option of tampering with the exterior keypad to open the garage door by disconnecting the motor from the main electrical outlet.
Padlocks are always an option for safety and protection. Add it to the side lock on the inside of the door where the rods engage.
- Just be sure to unlock it when you return from your extended leave before opening or operating your garage door.
Lastly, there is a smartphone option where you can utilize automatic locks activated with the touch of your finger.
- The only downside it that there must be a Wi-Fi connection to operate.
Top Section Windows
Windows are the eyes into your garage. It does not take much effort to peek through the window and see what is stored in your garage.
Check the locks on your windows!
- There are simple tricks that burglars can use to easily pop the manual release latch on the track of the door opener.
Curtains are an easy and inexpensive way to cover clear glass windows. You could also use opaque or reflective privacy film.
If changing out or ordering a new garage door, ask for tinted or frosted glass.
Protection for Day or Night
Double check that your garage door is closed for the night.
- There are monitors that will inform you if your door is firmly closed.
- Again, there are smartphone options for this equipment as well.
Lighting your exterior surroundings is crucial. Combining lighting with outdoor motion sensors is even better!
There are also outdoor security camera options linked to a Wi-Fi system that can be accessed through your smartphone for added protection.
If you are looking to have top shelf protection there are alarm system upgrades that can be connected to your garage door system.
Your Security & Peace of Mind is What Matters to Us
We will be able to advise you and explain the best choice to make based on your individualized specifics, especially concerning your security. We will also assist in the most ideal choices to suit your budget and make your safety our top priority.