Most of us in Naperville do not give much thought to our garage doors. If they are closed, we know or assume they are locked, and we pretty much leave it at that. However, because we pay so little attention to them, garage doors can become an easy target for someone trying to break into your home. If you take the time to lock your front and back doors to keep your house secure, then you should also take the time to make sure that your garage door is secure.
One of the most common security lapses when it comes to garage doors is the garage door opener. Where do you keep your opener? If the answer is in your car then you have put yourself at risk. If thieves break into your car, you have also given them access to your home. Keep your remote with you at all times. Yes, it would be more convenient to leave it in the car, but that also makes it more convenient for someone to enter your home through the garage. To minimize the inconvenience, however, there are remote openers that can be kept on your keychain. So long as you have your keys, you will have your opener.
Another security measure that many families neglect is the door from the garage into the house. This door should remain locked at all times. Yes, this means that you will have to unlock it when you get home. But, if you parked in your driveway and used the front door, you would expect to unlock that door, too, so the inconvenience is relative, at best. Also, make sure that the door between the house and the garage is as sturdy and secure as your front door. Thieves routinely enter homes by kicking in this door.
If you are going to be away from Naperville for an extended time, padlock the latch to the garage door for added security. A heavy duty padlock can be purchased at any hardware or home improvement store. Though it is true that a determined thief could cut through the lock with a set of bolt cutters, that is true for any thief in most situations. A determined thief could manage to get past many security measures. However, it takes time and effort to do so. Thieves don’t typically want to waste time and effort to get into a home. They are looking for the quickest and easiest way to get in and out.
Finally, a word about garage door installation: Although it is sometimes tempting to try to save money by installing your own automatic garage door or by trying to tend to any repairs on your own, your garage door will be far more secure if installation is handled by a Naperville garage door professional. You want to make sure that everything on your garage door is working properly so that your security efforts are not in vain.