With garage door break-ins on the rise in Edmonton, homeowners are getting more worried about thieves, and wondering how to protect their homes and belongings. Garage door break-ins have risen 73% in the last five years, with more than 2,000 reported in 2018.
Garages are an easy target for burglars, especially at night or during working hours. Even high-end and family-friendly neighbourhoods are at risk. Several of our clients have experienced garage break-ins that rightfully left them shaken up. It’s scary to know someone was in your home without your knowledge, especially when you have an attached garage. We’ve been able to help a few clients feel safer with some easy garage door tips and tricks for bonus security. Here are the top seven recommendations we offer:
1. Take your remote out of your car
According to Edmonton police, many thieves start by breaking into a vehicle parked outside, stealing the garage door remote, and easily accessing the garage. Taking your remote inside with you or, at the very least, hiding it in your car could prevent a costly (and scary) break-in.
2. Invest in a keychain remote or smart remote
Removing your remote from your car each time you come inside isn’t exactly convenient, which is why more C&W clients are opting for a keychain remote (also known as a keyfob remote). It’s just as simple to set up as your regular car remote, but it comes with you everywhere you go, which cuts off one of the main access points to your garage.
Another great option is a smart remote with MyQ technology. The MyQ app connects your door to your phone and allows you to open and close your garage door with a single tap from anywhere in the world. You can also get notifications when your door opens or closes. Check out all the benefits of smart garage door remotes.
3. Get a deadbolt for interior doors
Garage break-ins are never ideal, and most homeowners use their garages for storage for tools, furniture, sports equipment, or other costly items. While protecting your belongings is important, protecting yourself and your family is a priority. If you have an attached garage and the door into your home doesn’t have a deadbolt, consider installing one. It’s a bit more inconvenient to get inside, but remember that if it’s inconvenient for you to use a key, it’s also a lot harder for a burglar to gain access to your house without one!
4. Put up motion-sensing lights outside
This is one of the simplest and most effective ways to ward off would-be burglars. Thieves don’t want to draw attention to themselves or be seen, so a nighttime burglar may move on if he’s caught in a bright spotlight as he tries to get inside.
5. Keep a radio on inside
Similar to outdoor motion-sensing lights, a low volume radio in your garage can stop burglaries before they happen. If a person can’t tell whether someone is inside or not, they’re much less likely to try to gain entry.
6. Choose frosted windows
A great garage door company in Edmonton will offer you plenty of customizable options for the design of your door. Our garage doors are made with secure steel, offering countless options for customization. One option we can recommend to clients concerned about garage door security is a frosted window design, so would-be burglars can’t see what’s inside. This is especially great for people who choose the popular vertical style of windows along one side of the door. Luckily, frosted or not, the glass panels on these windows are very strong and typically aren’t large enough to grant anyone direct access.
7. Attach your garage door to your security system
If you’ve had a break-in before, you’re away for long periods of time, or you’re just willing to invest in the safety of your garage and home, installing a security system could be very beneficial. This can immediately alert you to attempted break-ins and sound an alarm to scare off perpetrators. If you already have a home security system, you can contact them to see if they have garage door sensors or other options to increase security for your garage.
When it comes to garage door safety and security, the best way to protect yourself is to invest in good remotes, regular garage door maintenance, and an expertly installed door. Call the team at C&W Canada Garage Doors to book a consultation or find a remote option that works for you.