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

HOW ARE GARAGE DOORS FORCED OPEN?

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.

GARAGE DOOR SECU­RI­TY FEATURES

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?

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.

SECU­RI­TY ACCES­SORIESDO GARAGE DEFEND­ERS WORK?

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.

ADDI­TION­AL GARAGE SECU­RI­TY CONSIDERATIONS

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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