Garage door security

Garage door security

The first being that the majority of garages now have inner access to the residential area of the home. As people become more security conscious it is often the case that they overlook the garage door.

Another reason being that due to the significant rise in shed burglaries, homeowners are now storing items such as power tools, bikes, lawnmowers and fishing tackle in garages as they perceive the garage to be a more secure building/ area.

It has therefore become more of a desirable area of the home to target for high value items to be stolen. It is very easy and quick to establish from a criminals point of view if the garage door lock is a viable potential point of entry which we will outline below:

Garage door security

Up and over tilt type garage door lock

These garage doors are now the favourite garage door of most homes offering easy access via unlocking the main garage door central lock from the outside with a key which often has installed a garage euro lock cylinder.

They can also be locked from the inside with just the flick of switch which is quite convenient for homeowners who have access to the garage area via an internal door.

Garage door security

This is a typical garage door lock and handle that is currently being installed by companies, especially in new build type housing developments.

Simply turn the key to unlock the door, twist the handle and then pull the handle towards you. Gravity then helps to lift the garage door up and then the garage door slides along the inner roller mechanism before pushing it inwards for the door to be concealed neatly in the upper area of the garage space.

Garage door security
The weaknesses

The traditional and still widely used method of entry utilised by burglars is to lever either side of these doors as it provides enough leverage to peel the door open and gain entry.

The material is often thin metal/ aluminium which can be manipulated with bodily force or via a crowbar type implement.

Another emerging technique, which we have personally seen during our duties as a Doncaster locksmith in the last few years, is to punch a hole next to the garage centre console locking mechanism.

Garage door security

The hole created is then big enough to be able to reach in and unlock the garage door lock by flicking the inner switch:

How to protect against these methods

We specialise in burglary prevention without having to make your home look like a prison.

Garage door security
Enfield Garage door locks

These security garage locks come in a pair with the keys being keyed a like for convenience.

They are deep inserting sliding bolts that should be installed in the lower corners of the garage door either side to withstand levering attempts as mentioned earlier in this article.

Garage door security

They offer fantastic value for money but need to be installed correctly by a professional as any errors can damage your garage door and make engaging/ locking the garage door security bolts more of an inconvenience if they do not slide into the keep area correctly and smoothly.

Garage door security

Supplied & fitted cost from SheffLOCK: £102 inc Vat (Only available for South Yorkshire residents) *Please enquire with the team for supply only prices*

Garage door security
Garage door defender

Garage door defenders are essentially a T-Bar type product that can either be installed centrally (which is often the case) or ideally in the two corners of the lower area of the garage. This product also needs a padlock to be installed and we always advise if this is the case to ensure the Padlock is CEN rated.

Our personal opinion is that the garage door defender is no where near as cost effective as the Enfield garage door locks for domestic garage doors and can be quite inconvenient (especially if you have two installed) having to remove the padlock (s) and then put them back on etc.

Ideally also, we would suggest that to offer maximum prevention from garage door levering burglary that two garage door defenders are to be installed either side of the door to mimic the Enfield garage door lock set up.

* THE CEN grade of a padlock stands for Central European Norm - it is a testing standard for padlocks. This is not simply a rating individual manufacturers given their own padlocks it is an independent testing body. In order for the padlock to achieve a certain CEN grade it must pass through a number of intensive tests*

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Roller shutter doors

Roller shutters doors are still not as common as the up and over tilt type garage door with regards to domestic properties but the same concept applies for criminals when trying to gain entry. Burglars target either corner of the garage door so please ensure any side locking mechanisms (if they are installed) are to a sufficient sold secure standard which means they have been intensely tested against methods of entry via Police and Insurance approved testing conditions.

There are however products available to greatly enhance roller shutter doors security which we will outline below.

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How to protect against these methods

Roller shutter doors, as mentioned above are less common in domestic properties however a great security garage door lock for these type of doors for domestic use are anchor type garage locks that are easy to use and less intrusive.

We would suggest these type of locks be installed either side of the roller shutter door to again combat any levering attempts at the side of the garage door.

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Commercial roller shutter doors

SheffLOCK currently only supply and fit garage door locks domestically however as Ex-Police officers we have a wealth of experience and advice to offer any business premise owners who have a roller shutter type door and are concerned about security.

Garage door security

The main concern for the commercial garage door owner is undoubtedly the ram raid type technique. Installing good quality, ideally Police and Insurance approved products that er pictured below, will provide your business with excellent prevention against the ram raid type attempts to gain entry.

Garage door security
Final Thoughts

Overall, garage doors can be a complex area of security to approach however it is an absolute mistake in our professional opinion to overlook this area of home security as the statistics year on year are displaying a marked increase in this area of crime. As always please feel free to contact the team at SheffLOCK who will be more than happy to talk with you about any security questions you may have.

Shefflock
45 Doveholes Drive
Handsworth
Sheffield
South Yorkshire.
S13 9DR
P: (0114) 44 262 00
Kevin, Chris & Richard
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Garage door security
Chris Hanson
26 Mar 2020