NOW OPEN! Overhead Door Company of Fredericksburg™ - Proudly servicing Fredericksburg, VA.

NOW OPEN! Overhead Door Company of Fredericksburg™ - Proudly servicing Fredericksburg, VA.

Mid-Atlantic Door Group Inc. Distributors of Overhead Door Corp.

Tips for Protecting Your Garage from Theft

Thieves are not looking for a challenge. They want to access the weakest point in your home to burglarize and steal your belongings. In many cases, the garage is the simplest entry point because homeowners forget to put as much effort into securing it as the do for their front door. Protect your garage from theft to keep your family and belongings safe.

Install an Alarm

Be careful not to underestimate the effectiveness of installing an alarm for your garage. If you already have an alarm system for your home, you should include sensors for your garage as well. You’ll know right away if someone tries to access your garage if they don’t have the proper key, code, or remote for entry. Even if a burglar does successfully gain entry into your garage, the sound of the alarm will likely scare them off.

Keep Up with Maintenance

Make sure that all parts of your garage are working correctly. A garage door that isn’t well maintained is more vulnerable to uninvited guests. All hardware should be tightened and secure. Moving parts should be periodically lubricated to ensure seamless operation. Also, check the condition of the wood or steel to make sure that it is entirely intact.

Install a Security Camera

security camera system
If your home security system comes with cameras, then you’re already one step ahead. However, if it doesn’t, consider upgrading to a package that includes video surveillance or adding this feature to your home. Many security camera systems have apps that allow you to monitor your garage at all times, especially when you’re away from home.

Frost/Cover the Windows

Make your garage less enticing to burglars by frosting or covering the windows. Although windows add aesthetic value, they also allow people to see directly into your garage. They allow people to take inventory of your vehicles and other belongings that you store in there. If you’re concerned about the looks, there are contemporary and fashionable ways that you can cover the windows. Adhesive film is a quick and simple solution. You could also choose blinds or shades, or even frosted glass.

Don’t Leave the Remote in The Car

Some homeowners may have gotten into the habit of leaving their garage door remote in the car for easy access. However, it’s a convenience that could leave your garage vulnerable to theft, especially if it’s visible through your car windows. Keep your garage door remote inside your home. A great idea is to keep it with your keys so that you won’t forget it when you’re leaving.

Use Security Lights/Motion Detecting Lights

Installing motion sensors and security lights outside of your garage will thwart the intentions of any would-be burglars who approach your home. Most thefts happen at night and under the veil of darkness. Once you take the element of darkness away, thieves are much less likely to continue in their actions.

About The Author | Justin White

Justin White is the VP of Marketing for Mid-Atlantic Door Group, Inc. The company opened in 1973 and now consists of (3) official Overhead Door™ Distributors and (8) warehouse locations throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Justin was born into the door industry, ultimately following in his father's footsteps and joining the family owned business in 2011. After spending time in the field with fellow mechanics, Justin found his niche in marketing, along with a specialty in residential garage door sales, installation, and service.