Garage Door Security Guide

Whether your garage is attached to your main home or not, it’s vital that your fun­da­men­tal secu­ri­ty needs are met. In order to pro­tect the con­tents of your garage and to pro­tect the rest of your prop­er­ty, the rudi­men­ta­ry struc­ture of your garage should be sound but most impor­tant­ly, your garage door should have a good basic lev­el of secu­ri­ty. You may think that what you cur­rent­ly have is ade­quate, but if your garage door is more than 10 years old, or if you are becom­ing more aware of prop­er­ty crime in your area, a review of your garage secu­ri­ty will be needed.

You may think that it’s dif­fi­cult to break into a garage, par­tic­u­lar­ly those with motorised open­ing and no han­dles. Whilst this is true of more mod­ern garage doors; those which are of a cer­tain age, those which have not been pro­fes­sion­al­ly or prop­er­ly installed and those with dam­aged or dent­ed frames are like­ly to be more at risk. In some cas­es, a garage can be bro­ken into in as lit­tle as 10 seconds.

Before and After a Garage Door was Ram Raided


There are a num­ber of ways in which a poten­tial bur­glar can break into a garage. Old­er garage doors tend to be tar­get­ed due to the ease in which many of them can be over­come. How­ev­er, this does not mean that those with a new garage door are immune to break-ins. Mod­ern secu­ri­ty fea­tures cer­tain­ly make it much more dif­fi­cult, but it’s still very impor­tant to ensure you’re as well cov­ered as you can be.

Old­er doors are more at risk from hav­ing their locks drilled or cut out com­plete­ly. This has been made much more dif­fi­cult in new­er doors. Some old­er garage door designs by Hen­der­son (who are no longer in busi­ness), Garador and Cardale only had one lock and this is where a thief can gain entry in just 10 sec­onds – there­fore the more locks the better.

Old­er garage doors also may be at risk where the top of the door meets the frame. These days, garage doors are fit­ted with a spe­cial bar which pro­tects this weak spot, where a crow­bar is all that’s need­ed to com­pro­mise the lock­ing mech­a­nism at the top of the door, and there­fore gain easy entry.

Roller and sec­tion­al doors are more pro­tect­ed than up-and-over garage doors sim­ply due to the way they open. One of the only ways into a garage door like this would be to cut a hole in the door itself, which is obvi­ous­ly labour inten­sive and noisy. Those with a roller or sec­tion­al doors (as long as they’re in good work­ing order) are unlike­ly to be tar­get­ed by oppor­tunists for this rea­son. They may still, how­ev­er, be tar­get­ed by more pro­fes­sion­al bur­glars if it is known that there are valu­ables inside.

Here at Evan­der, we have attend­ed garage door replace­ment jobs where bur­glars have, using pow­er tools, actu­al­ly cut into the door pan­el and right through the brac­ing at each side. They’ve then sim­ply fold­ed the door in half to cre­ate a large open­ing, per­fect for get­ting in and mov­ing items out. This is obvi­ous­ly an extreme method, but it comes with a les­son in keep­ing the con­tents of your garage as pri­vate as pos­si­ble. If it is known that you have valu­ables in your home, and par­tic­u­lar­ly if it is known exact­ly where they are kept, you may be more at risk.


These days, garage doors can and should have a num­ber of secu­ri­ty fea­tures which come as stan­dard in all door styles and designs. Here at Evan­der, we sup­ply our doors from tried and test­ed man­u­fac­tur­ers who make the best qual­i­ty garage doors on the mar­ket. In most cas­es, they’ve been mak­ing, test­ing and improv­ing garage doors for decades. As meth­ods of gain­ing entry are not­ed and report­ed by police, insur­ers and indi­vid­u­als, mod­i­fi­ca­tions which pro­tect known weak-points have been imple­ment­ed into all new doors.

You’re like­ly to find the fol­low­ing secu­ri­ty fea­tures on any new man­u­al garage door bought from a rep­utable man­u­fac­tur­er today:

  • Two locks – one on each side
  • The capac­i­ty for two fur­ther locks should this be cho­sen as an upgrade
  • Strong bars which pro­tect the locks from being pried open from the outside
  • The main lock (which you put your key into) is an anti-snap Euro-cylin­der lock, which means that – even if snapped or drilled, it still won’t allow access.

Auto­mat­ic doors have extreme­ly secure lock­ing mech­a­nisms which are pow­ered by the door motor, which in turn is designed to con­stant­ly push the door down­wards until it is acti­vat­ed by the remote con­trol to be opened.

While these fea­tures cer­tain­ly go a long way in pro­tect­ing your garage and your wider prop­er­ty from oppor­tunist thieves, it’s also worth remem­ber­ing that no garage can be 100% secure where the right tools and force can be used. It is for this rea­son that it’s advised to have a secu­ri­ty light fit­ted to your home, and also an alarm sys­tem if you feel you may be at risk.

At-risk homes are those which are cut off from the road or are on very qui­et streets. Prop­er­ties sit­u­at­ed in urban areas may be more at risk if their fences or hedg­ing obscures the home from the street and from neighbours.


Which garage door is the most secure?

All brand new garage doors sold and fit­ted by Evan­der have a high basic lev­el of secu­ri­ty and would cer­tain­ly pose a chal­lenge to any­one try­ing to force their way in. How­ev­er, as men­tioned above, some garage types are more secure than oth­ers. The most secure garage door we offer at present is the SWS auto­mat­ic roller garage door.

Con­struct­ed from insu­lat­ed alu­mini­um and com­ing auto­mat­ed as stan­dard, this door has been designed with secu­ri­ty in mind from the very begin­ning. SWS have put years of research and devel­op­ment into this door range, and have achieved Secured by Design status.

Secured by Design is a UK police ini­tia­tive which awards the Secured by Design accred­i­ta­tion only to prod­ucts that have a lev­el of secu­ri­ty which is over and above the norm. At every stage of devel­op­ment, fea­tures have been con­sid­ered and added to ensure it’s as dif­fi­cult as pos­si­ble for a thief to gain entry. With the effect this has, the scheme hopes to design out’ prop­er­ty crime in the UK.


For up-and-over garage doors, you can get a garage door defend­er to pro­vide addi­tion­al heavy-duty and vis­i­ble secu­ri­ty. These are com­mon and you may have seen them before, how­ev­er not all are made equal. A garage door defend­er should be anchored into the ground prop­er­ly in order to get the most out of it.

It pre­vents entry by block­ing the out­ward swing of the door when some­one attempts to open it. This means that, even if the locks are com­pro­mised, the door will not open. Garage door defend­ers work on the same prin­ci­ple as the Pat­Lock for French patio doors, or as a steer­ing lock would on a vehicle.

When buy­ing a garage door defend­er, make sure that it can be fixed prop­er­ly into the sub­strate just out­side the garage door. This could be con­crete, paving, tar­mac or any num­ber of oth­er sur­faces. You may need to seek advice on how best to fix it to your par­tic­u­lar garage area.

The defend­er should be placed just in front of the mid­dle of the door. This is most effec­tive with sin­gle garage doors – dou­ble garages may need more than one defend­er to pro­tect against those who may bend up the cor­ners of the door itself (assum­ing it’s made from steel rather than sol­id tim­ber) in order to gain entry.

Do garage door defend­ers work? If they are qual­i­ty made, brand new at the time of fit­ting and suit­able for the type of ground you have, then yes. If you can, go for a mod­el which is fit­ted with a pad­lock which would resist bolt cut­ters. Our garage door defend­er mas­ter has a pad­lock like this and is a good exam­ple of how heavy-duty these acces­sories should be.


If you are con­cerned about crim­i­nal activ­i­ty in your area, and if there is evi­dence that steel garage doors are being cut, a sol­id tim­ber garage door may pro­tect you from this.

For those with a garage which is attached to their main home, secu­ri­ty should be your num­ber one pri­or­i­ty. If some­one can gain easy entry to your garage, then they will be able to gain entry to your home and there­fore all of your valu­ables, your car keys etc. If you have an old garage door on your attached garage and no addi­tion­al secu­ri­ty fea­tures, it’s cer­tain­ly worth think­ing about updat­ing your garage door. Secu­ri­ty lights, as men­tioned above, are a rel­a­tive­ly inex­pen­sive and effec­tive deterrent.

A house­hold alarm sys­tem can pro­vide good cov­er for a garage whether it’s attached to your main prop­er­ty or not. Most new alarm sys­tems these days are wire­less, so even if your garage is a small dis­tance away, it can be cov­ered by addi­tion­al move­ment sen­sors and or image/​video cap­ture. The addi­tion of a dum­my alarm box with most new sys­tem packs can allow you to affix an alarm box to your garage build­ing, cre­at­ing an effec­tive deterrent.

Often, the best secu­ri­ty con­sid­er­a­tions for your garage and your home will depend on a num­ber of fac­tors, and no two homes are the same. Where a garage door defend­er may be an essen­tial acces­so­ry for one prop­er­ty, it may not be as rel­e­vant for anoth­er. As part of our free mea­sur­ing sur­vey, Evan­der engi­neers are hap­py to advise on any addi­tion­al secu­ri­ty con­sid­er­a­tions you may want to address.

Of course, it’s always extreme­ly impor­tant to ensure your home insur­ance pol­i­cy cov­ers your garage con­tents and your garage door, just in case of dam­age. Check with your insur­ance provider and noti­fy them of any addi­tion­al secu­ri­ty fea­tures you have in place, as this may affect your premiums.

For more infor­ma­tion on garage secu­ri­ty, call 0345 145 0130 or use our con­tact form to get in touch with our team. We’re always hap­py to talk to you about your needs. We don’t use sales tac­tics – we’re just hap­py to dis­cuss any ques­tions or con­cerns you may have about your garage, your home secu­ri­ty, and even your doors, win­dows, con­ser­va­to­ries, locks and glazing.

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