Tips for maintaining security during the summer

We are well and truly into the holiday season now, so if you are lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere nice, then leaving your home secure is one of the main pre-requisites of going on holiday.

Sometimes, your garage can be a way into your house, especially if it’s an integral garage and if it has an internal door leading to the house, or your garage may have a back door, leading into your back garden. Either way, thieves are opportunists and will relish the opportunity to get into a vacant property the easiest way possible.

There are steps you can take to ensure the security of your garage by looking at your garage door, usually the entry point.

Firstly, the type of door makes a difference to the security of your property. Up and over type garage doors can have extra security, ie more locking points  for example a 4 point locking system as opposed to a standard 2 point locking.  Sectional garage doors are extremely secure, especially if fitted with a motor, as the motor locks the door in position and cannot be physically opened without starting the motor. When the door is closed, the anti-lift kit automatically engages in the operator boom’s stop, then locks immediately and is secured against forced opening. It continues to secure the door even if there is no power to the motor.

If your garage door is fitted with a motor system, the safest thing to do before you go on holiday is to turn off the power to the motor. This way, it cannot open whatsoever. Some roller doors have the option to set the motor to ‘holiday mode’ but the simplest thing to do is to turn the power off to the motor altogether.

Another deterrent to any opportunist thief is to back your car right up to the face of your garage door, especially if it’s an up and over type, as there would be no way the door could be opened if a car was in front of the garage door!

With regard to maintenance over the summer, just ensure to oil and lubricate any moving parts and remember we offer annual servicing for £80, which is recommended on an annual basis.