Your automatic garage door opener can make life a lot easier. You don't even have to get out of your car to get the door open. However, your automatic garage door opener can also lead to a hole in your home's security. Luckily, there are several things that you can do.
Get A Keychain Remote
The garage door remote is a really vulnerable part of your garage door's system. If anyone gets ahold of it, they can get into your garage with no problems. Instead of having a full size remote that you leave clipped to your visor, try using a smaller remote that is attached to your keychain. It's small enough that it won't cause problems in your purse or pocket, and the size doesn't matter when you are trying to open your garage door. For added security, you could also get a keyring that separates. That way if you have to give someone your car key, you can just detach the part of the chain that has the car key on it, and hand it to them. The rest of the keychain, including your garage door remote, stays safely with you.
Turn Off Your Opener
If there is no power to your garage door opener the motor won't run. If the motor doesn't run, it's very difficult, if not impossible, to lift the door. Each night, once everyone is home, turn off the opener. If you have a wall switch that turns it off, just flip the switch. You may also be able to turn it off at the breaker or unplug it. You should also do this before you leave on an extended trip.
Get A Sturdy Lock
Every door into your house should be nice and secure. That includes the door between your house and garage. It's all too easy to depend on your garage door to keep everything safe. However, you want to make sure that the door into your house is as secure as the door you have at the entrance to your house. You also want to make sure that you have a deadbolt on the door as well. It will help keep anyone from actually getting into your house if they manage to break into your garage.
You don't want to have to sacrifice the convenience of having an automatic garage door opener, but you do want to assure your family's safety. It is possible to have both.Share