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Securing Your Garage Door: What You Need to Know

American cities showcase the diversity of our cultures and landscapes. Looking at ivy-covered Victorian neighborhoods in Cincinnati, the historic adobe buildings of Albuquerque’s Old Town, or the glory of a desert sunset in Tucson, we see the rich history of our country as well as the vibrant present. In these communities, with their pulsing art and music scenes, their well-respected academic institutions, thriving industries, and beautiful natural surroundings, it’s hard to see that like many of the world’s great urban centers, these lovely American cities also have problems such as high crime rates. According to Home Security Resource (2016) cities including Tucson, Cincinnati, and Albuquerque rank in the top 10 for the highest rates of property crime in the country.

wood garage doors on Albuquerque’s Spanish-style villas

Are Your Garage Doors Secure?

Is it possible for you to enjoy the advantages of living in these beautiful cities while keeping your home and family safe? It is, and you can begin by assessing your home and neighborhood’s security by:

  • Talking to your neighbors and setting up a community watch program.
  • Investing in a security system for your home.
  • Making sure your doors and windows are secure.

Don’t forget to look at your garage. Besides cars or trucks, you may also store sports equipment, tools, furniture, and other valuables in your garage, making it a good hunting ground for burglars. If your garage has windows and doors other than the overhead door, make sure that these are well-maintained and that they can be locked. Assess the condition of your garage door as well. Are there dents or areas where the frame has taken some damage? If so, call NationServe for garage door repairs.

Need to Replace Your Garage Door?

If it’s time to replace an older garage door, come in to your nearest NationServe showroom and talk to a member of our team. We’ve got a passion for helping our customers find great quality, durable garage doors that offer both great curb appeal and solid security. You’ll see NationServe’s wood garage doors on Albuquerque’s Spanish-style villas, our glass and aluminum garage doors in Tucson’s hippest neighborhoods and customized steel garage doors on Cincinnati’s historic homes. Why? Because you don’t have to compromise the appearance, security, or budget with a NationServe garage door! Tell us if you have special security concerns, and we’ll show you options, such as tinted glass, to keep the contents of your garage from prying eyes as well as secure garage door openers and hardware, such as strong security locks, that keep burglars out of your garage.

customized steel garage doors on Cincinnati’s historic home


Is Your Garage Door Remote in the Wrong Hands?

If you’re used to living in the city, you probably make sure not to leave valuables in plain sight in your car. But, did you know that almost every homeowner with a garage leaves one important valuable in the car at all times, in plain view of every watchful thief? It’s your garage remote, and you’ve probably got it clipped to your visor. If you’ve cracked your car’s window open while you run errands on a hot July day, it doesn’t take much effort for someone to get in, take the remote, and find your address on the car’s registration. (Yes, most thieves also know that your car registration is in your glove compartment or in the central console of your car.)

Many of us compound the problem by leaving the door from the garage into the house unlocked. It’s handy when you’re bringing in your shopping bags or carrying small children, not to have to fumble with a lock. Unfortunately, it’s also handy for the burglar with a stolen remote to enter your home from the garage—often while you’re still sampling jams at Hyde Park Farmers’ Market or browsing antiques in Old Town.

Garage Door Remote Accessible in a Car


Do yourself a favor and don’t leave your garage remote where it can be clearly seen. Carry it with you. There are even mini remotes that will clip onto your key ring for convenient carrying.

If your remote is stolen, you can disable it by any of the following methods:

  • Find the smart button on your garage door opener’s motor and hold it down.  This will deprogram any remotes you have and you can then reprogram the remotes following the instructions in your owner’s manual. If you don’t have an owner’s manual, you can find many of them online; you can also call your local NationServe location for help. The stolen remote will no longer open the door once you’ve completed reprogramming it.
  • If you don’t want to go through deprogramming and reprogramming your garage door opener, you can simply hit the lock button on your control panel. This will ensure that the door can only be opened from inside and not by any remote or keypad outside.
  • No control panel? Unplug the garage door opener. To open and close the garage door manually, you will have to disengage the opener from the garage door by pulling the emergency release cord. You should also manually lock the door.
  • Use Smart technology. We now have garage door openers that can be closed and locked from your smartphone. Come visit our showroom, and we’ll show you the latest in garage door openers ! 

Too Late? What to Do if Your Garage Is Broken Into

Unfortunately, despite all precautions, there is still a possibility that you may experience a break-in. Don’t let your panic prevent you from acting quickly. Don’t enter your home since the burglars may still be there. Go to a neighbor’s house or another safe location and call 911. If there are any unknown vehicles parked outside your home, write down their make, model, and registration. If you see anyone outside your home, take note of their description. You will want to report all of this accurately to the police when they arrive on the scene.

Once the police have been notified, you will also need to contact your home insurance provider and report the theft. It is recommended that you contact your insurance company within 24 hours. Take photos of any damage made to your house or garage and collect any documents that would help you identify stolen items (such as records of registration and serial numbers). All of these, as well as the police report, may be necessary to file your claim.

Whether your insurance covers repairs to your home, garage, and garage door or not, you can contact NationServe for prompt and skillful repairs for garage doors from Albuquerque and Tucson in the Southwest to Denver, Des Moines and Cincinnati in the nation’s heartland. Our trained technicians will help you secure your home.


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