How to Make a Garage Door More Secure

The garage door is a weak point when it comes to security. They are often made of thin steel which doesn’t take much to bend and little effort to unlock. I have done some research into making a garage door more secure which is what today’s post is about.

The Weak Points of a Garage Door

The weak point on residential garage doors is at the top of the door. It is possible to unlock the door from the outside in mere seconds. Thieves can use a coat hanger to pull the emergency release handle.

All a criminal has to do is push the top of the door in enough to get the wire through.

Using a coat hanger to unlock a garage door

Scary, isn’t it?

So now we need some sort of garage door break-in protection. There are a few ways we can fix the problem.

Solution 1: DIY Garage Door Break-In Protection

One solution is to construct a shield out of scrap wood. It can surround the emergency release mechanism like so:


It is a simple solution and doesn’t take much wood to make. The instructions say to block the lever with a bolt but it’s a bad idea. The wood itself should be enough to stop a thief plus you still want to use the lever in an emergency.

Solution 2: The Garage Shield

The other solution is the garage shield:

Available on Amazon for cheap and is easy to install. Just like the wood, this blocks a wire from pulling on the release handle.

Other Ways You Can Secure Your Garage

So after you secure the emergency release handle now what?

You need to make sure the rest of your garage is secure by following these simple steps.

Consider a Security System

If you don’t already have a security system in your home you should look into getting one. There are several security systems you can install yourself or hire a professional. ADT and Moni are among the companies that offer home security monitoring. They do need monthly payments and a contract.

Install Motion-Sensing Lights

Motion activated flood lights are a good way to scare off potential burglars. Some lights are hardwired into the electrical and others are battery powered.

Cover the Garage Windows

If you have any windows in your garage you need to cover them so prying eyes can’t look inside. You don’t want potential thieves to see all your expensive toys or cars right? A set of curtains or blinds will do the job or even tape some cardboard to the glass.

Bar the Windows

A good set of security bars on the windows will stop somebody from climbing in through the windows. They aren’t that expensive and you can install in no time.

Lock the Garage Door

Having a simple sliding lock on the inside of the garage door will make it much more secure. These locks are simple to install and use.

Hide the Garage Door Remote

Lots of people keep the garage door remote in their car. This can be a bad idea if you park on your driveway. A burglar can break into your car and use the remote to open the door. Take the garage door remote inside the house when not in use.

Update Your Garage Door Opener

If you have an older garage door opener consider upgrading to a new one. Newer models have better security codes and are less likely to be hacked.

Now when you put these tips into action your garage will be secure. I’ll even bet it will be locked down better than your neighbor’s garage!

Author: Chris

I find any excuse to spend time in the garage. Whether it be to work on my car or start a new project. Using my tools to create things is one of my favourite hobbies.

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