High-Tech Ways to Keep Your Garage Doors Burglar-Proof
If job security is a concept of the past, perhaps the next thing that will turn into a fleeting wish is passcode security. That previous statement is a bit of an exaggeration, but the truth is that there are stronger forms of protection for your garage. The use of passwords will most likely never die, but criminals may soon have an easier time breaking into devices that rely merely on encryptions. That doesn’t mean you should toss your alarm system in the trash if it uses passcodes alone. However, you might want to give a security system with more advanced technology some consideration.
No one can tell you what to do, but there’s no denying the importance of protecting your garage doors with the right security system. Of course, your choice of security will depend on your circumstances, but you should opt for an alarm in which you can place your confidence. A fortified garage door can contribute to the overall safety of your home.
The Garage is Your Home’s Achilles Heel
There are three common points of entry for burglars: 1) the front door, 2) the back door, and 3) the garage door. Guess which one is the weakest. That’s right – the garage has been described as the easiest access point for experienced burglars looking to break into a home. So yes, you shouldn’t neglect any door in your home that serves as an entrance, but the garage in particular needs special attention. At one point, Canada had a burglary rate of 877 per 100,000 people – a number that’s seven times higher than countries with the lowest rates. Fortunately, those numbers have declined over the last few years, but that doesn’t mean you are immune to these crimes.
You’re at the gym, it’s 8 pm, and a burglar stands on your driveway staring at the house. This person has watched you, and is well aware that you’re not home at this time of the day. The burglar advances to your garage, expecting a small panel with a few buttons as your security system. But to his surprise, he finds something a little more sophisticated. He curses under his breath, unable to identify the devices and thus, retreats.
This would be the most desirable outcome for such a scenario, and no one can say for sure that things would end this way. However, the likelihood of such an ending would seem more realistic if you choose the best possible security for your garage doors.
Fiction No Longer
Advanced, even alien-like technology is one of the elements that makes science and spy fiction so intriguing. But a lot of the books, T.V. shows, and movies we enjoyed in the past were obviously onto something. How? Well, some of those fantastic devices (“some”, being the keyword) are available for your personal use, and that includes the fortification of your garage doors. Laser cannons and killer robots may not be on sale, but there are other high-tech gadgets at your disposal, some of which you might be familiar with already.
Yes, You Can Buy These!
Biometric Print Readers – You don’t have to live on the Starship Enterprise or work for MI6 to find a biometric print reader. These devices are available from garage door vendors, and make excellent security tools for the garage. Remember how these things work? A press of the thumb activates the unit so that it verifies the fingerprint. Since our prints are so diverse, even among blood relatives, you can expect a biometric reader to offer superior protection.
- How They Work – Print readers and all biometric readers for that matter make use of three components: Enrollment, Storage, and Comparison. The enrollment stage involves the recording of your basic information, followed by capture of an image of a specific trait (in this instance, your fingerprint). The storage phase involves the transcription of your print into a code or graph. This differs from fictional work, where biometrics are often depicted as having the ability to completely capture the image of your trait. Finally, the comparison stage kicks in for your next “log in”, and verifies that you – the user – are indeed that person registered to the device
- Advantages – There are some obvious security benefits with the use of biometric devices. Perhaps the most superior benefit is the elimination of password forgery, since biometric traits are unique to you. If you’re forgetful, you don’t have to worry about remembering passwords, because you become the code. Biometric units are also user-friendly since they do the most work (scanning, verification)!
Wireless Entry – Technically speaking, a wireless entry (otherwise known as keyless entry) isn’t anything new. You certainly wouldn’t get impressed if you saw one in a movie. However, the primary focus of this post is maximum security from burglars, and you can rely on a wireless system to accomplish this for your garage doors. The lack of a keypad unit means that burglars will have a harder time breaking in, and you can wield control of this fortress with your smartphone.
- How It Works – The setup begins by the replacement of your old garage door opener for a smartphone-enabled kit. After the installation of the kit, all you need to do is sync your phone to the garage opener. This is often accomplished with a Bluetooth connection. Once you have established this connection, you can begin to operate your garage door. The apps that allow this remote operation are quite versatile, allowing you to open, close, lock, and monitor your garage doors from a distance.
- Advantages – On the surface, the biggest advantages are convenience and control. You don’t have to be near your garage to open or close it, thanks to wireless operation with your smartphone. Control, is the other benefit. Imagine coming to the realization that you left your door open or unlocked. You can double check to make sure, and if it’s open, you can close it remotely. But the security benefits are strong as well. The idea of carrying your security with you means that burglars will have fewer opportunities to break into your garage. Of course, this means you’ll have to keep your phone out of harm’s way – something we’re sure you’ve got covered already!
The (Very, Very Near) Future of Garage Security
The use of biometrics will continue to rise in popularity when it comes to garage door security. Fingerprints are only the beginning. There are several technologies that use your unique physical traits as a form of encryption, and these devices will soon find their way to garage doors near you (maybe even yours).
- Voice Recognition – If you own an iPhone or know someone that owns one (and who doesn’t?!), you’ve most likely seen Siri in action. Starting soon, you will be able to use voice recognition like Siri for much more than finding the nearest restaurant. In fact, ADT Security already has an app called Pulse, which will allow you to control your garage door by voice activation.
- Iris Recognition – Another form of biometrics that’s likely to emerge is iris recognition. Similar to fingerprints and voice, iris recognition uses you as the password, of course, scanning your iris to unlock or lock the garage.
Give Garage Door Security a Second Thought
Do you need to be overly concerned with your garage security? Probably not. However, if the question is one that you can’t answer with firm conviction, then it’s wise for you to give the issue some more thought. Although it’s getting easier for criminals to bypass certain security systems, technology has reached a level of sophistication that means increased security for your home. Consider your neighbourhood, regional crime rate, and other risk factors. A knowledge of your circumstances will help you make the best choices for security when it comes to your garage doors. We live in age of tension and anxiety, so it only makes sense that you do your utmost to maintain peace of mind. Fortunately, the new wave of garage gadgetry is making the security issue less of a burden.
Need help choosing the perfect security system for your garage doors? Give us a shout so that we can help you make the right choice!