In many homes, the garage is the weakest point of security and many potential burglars know it. What can you do to improve the security of your garage? Below, you will find out what you can do to ensure that your garage is no longer the weak-link in your home's security.

Garage Door Lock

Does your garage door have a lock on it? Do you use it? If you don't have a lock or don't use it because it isn't exactly convenient to do so, it is time to look into the different options of garage door locks, including:

Electronic Garage Door Lock – This is the easiest to use, but it is going to cost you the most money. You can lock and unlock the garage door with nothing more than the push of a button or by inputting a security code into a remote.

Garage Door Anchor – This lock consists of a bolt and anchor system to secure the door. The anchors are drilled into the concrete foundation where the bolt slides through and keeps the door from opening when engaged. This lock is only accessible from inside the garage.

Garage Door Bolt Lock – This is a lot like the deadbolt lock that is probably on the front door of your home. A bolt mechanism is extended through the door track to stop it from opening when the lock is engaged. A key can be used from the outside to give you quick access to the garage.

Garage Door Padlock – The simplest of the options that doesn't require a key. A hasp and lock are used to secure the door. The hasp can be installed in the concrete foundation or on the door track. These locks can be installed on the interior or exterior of the door – with interior being the most tamperproof option.

Security Tips

Once you have the lock in place, use it! The lock will not do any good if you don't take a second to lock it up. If you find it too inconvenient for regular use, look for a different type of locking system for your garage.

Include the garage door in your home security system. This will alert you each and every time the garage door is opened.

Don't leave your garage door opener or key in your car when you take the car in for service or use a valet parking service. It would be too easy for a potential burglar to copy the code in the opener or duplicate the key to gain access without you even knowing.

Keep your garage doors closed and frost the windows if you keep valuable items inside. You don't want to give anyone a preview of what is inside the garage that would temp them to go through the effort of breaking in.

Talk with your local garage door expert, likeA & J Garage Door Inc, to learn more about securing your garage. He or she will be able to assist you with making the best decisions for your personal situation and preferences.