It is important to use maximum security techniques for your garage and to make certain that the perimeter is adequately lit. Do not leave your wallet and keys in the vehicles that are parked in the garage as basic garage security.
Garage Security – Wood Doors
Wood doors should be solid or have panels a minimum of five-sixteenths (5/16) inch thickness. Attach the locking hardware to the support framing.
Garage Security – Aluminum Doors
Aluminum doors should be a minimum of .0215 inches thick, riveted together a minimum of 18 inches on center along the outside seams. Attach a full-width horizontal beam to the main door structure, meeting the pilot or pedestrian access doorframe within three inches of the strike area of the pilot or pedestrian access.
Fiberglass doors should have panels with a minimum density of five (5) ounces per square foot from the bottom of the door. Open or unsecured garages, either detached or attached, provide easy access for burglars to the garage and to the home.
Multi-frequency electric openers provide excellent security for one-piece overhead garage doors. A gravity-operated dead-bolt can be added to operate with the opener. When you will be gone for an extended period, unplug the unit.
Garage Security – Locks
Doors using a cylinder lock should have a minimum five tumbler operation with the locking bar or bolt extending into the receiving guide a minimum of one inch. Doors exceeding sixteen feet in width should have two receiving points.
For overhead doors without automatic openers, hardened steel hasps and locks should be installed at each side of the door, or a “cane-bolt” or “drop-bolt” should be mounted at the inside center of the door, extending two inches into the concrete.
Exterior and interior passenger doors should be solid core and have dead-bolt locks with high-security strike plates. Exterior hinges should be pinned. Windows should be covered and secured.
Doors with sliding bolt assemblies should have a minimum bolt diameter of three-eighths (3/8) inch, and protrude at least one and one-half (1.5) inches into the receiving guide. Attach the slide-bolt into the door with non-removable bolts from the outside. Use rivets to attach the slide bolt assemblies and use reinforced slide bolts with padlock covers to prevent burglars from cutting the slide-bolt or padlock from garages.