When it comes to home security, your garage door might be a weakness. There are a lot of reasons garages are frequent entry points for burglars, such as…
- exterior doors and windows that are far from the main part of the house (meaning, you might not hear them if someone breaks in)
- back and side doors are often left completely unlocked–just because your backyard is fenced doesn’t mean a burglar won’t invite himself in
- the garage door itself is left open while no one is home
That last item can be a pest due to a malfunctioning garage door opener or simply having someone in the family who forgets to close it on the way out. Unfortunately, an open garage door gives a huge glimpse of your family’s wealth (most of us store a great deal in this space) to anyone who drives by. It invites crimes of opportunity — even people who aren’t practiced burglars might be tempted to steal tools or other items stored in the garage if you leave the door wide open.
One easy way to improve your home security is to install a Garage Door Autocloser.
This gadget automatically closes your door whether you remember to hit the button on your way down the driveway or not. It can be installed onto your existing door opener in a few minutes and without a ton of DIY knowledge.
An autocloser uses micro-controller and infrared technology to ensure no one is standing close to the garage door when it shuts it, and it also has an “off” mode, for those times when you want the garage door to stay open.
With this Garage Door Autocloser model, you can program the timer to close the door after anywhere from 2 to 30 minutes.
The product itself costs about $70 and can be purchased online.