The Queensland Police recently provided some garage door security tips on how to prevent break and enters:

  • Don’t leave the garage door remote in your vehicle. If an offender breaks into your car and steals the remote he has a way into your home.
  • Invest in a keychain remote opener. Stop using that remote you clip to your visor and get a keychain remote that you can leave on your keys.
  • Secure your garage door emergency release. It’s easy to throw some zip-ties on your emergency release and still retain it’s intended function.
  • Keep it locked. Put a deadbolt on the door between your house and garage.
  • Make sure the door from your garage into your house is as secure as your front door. Ensure you have a strong, sturdy door made out of solid-core wood or reinforced steel.
  • Don’t leave your garage door open – how many garages do you see slightly open to let the air flow through?
  • Install a wide-angle peephole in the door between your house and your garage. You’ll at least be able to see what’s going on if you hear a strange noise rather than opening the door to find out.
  • Frost or cover your garage windows.
  • Padlock the throw latch on your garage door when you’re out of town. If you don’t have a manual lock on your garage door, you can use a c-clamp to tightened down on each side of the door track to effectively “lock” down the door.
  • Don’t neglect maintenance on the mechanical parts of your roll-up garage door and keep an eye out for corrosion. Don’t forget the door from your garage to your house; check the frame, locks, hinges and any replaceable items.
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