dreamstime_xxl_9698256Summer is almost over, which means it’s time to get your final vacation in before the kids have to go back to school. When you are on vacation, you don’t want to have to worry about the security of your home and possessions; therefore, it’s important that you take steps to ensure that your garage door isn’t going to pose a security risk while you are away. Here are some measures you can put in place to keep your garage safe when you go on vacation.

Disable your garage door opener

Thieves often target homes with garages because many older models of garage door openers make it easy to steal the code and break into the house through the garage. You can evade these criminals by simply disabling your garage door opener during your vacation. These thieves won’t be able to open your door, and the majority of thieves will not put in more effort than that to get into your home.

Install reliable locks

Another way to secure your garage door is to install strong locks. Installing a padlock on the outside of your garage door is a good way to clearly communicate to a thief that they will not be able to get inside. Additionally, putting a bolt lock through a hole in the tracks will make it impossible to open your garage door. As stated above, most thieves aren’t dedicated enough to attempt to enter the home when their easiest method of getting in is blocked.

Cover your windows

If you have windows on your garage door, it can be attractive to criminals who want to scope out what they might be able to take from you. Discourage lookie loos by covering up the windows of your garage door with shades or blackout curtains while you are on vacation.

Install motion sensor lights

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Motion sensor lights are a great way to discourage burglars because they want to ensure that no one sees them enter your home. Install a couple outside your front door and your garage door for the biggest impact.

When you are concerned about the security of your garage, whether while you are on vacation or when you’re at home, a new, more secure garage door can give you the peace of mind you need. For garage door installation services in Sarasota or Tampa, contact Lifetime Garage Doors today.