From installing a new state of the art security system to changing all the locks on your doors and windows, there are many upgrades that will protect your home from a break in. However, while you were fortifying your house, there might have been another structure you overlooked: the garage. Don't suffer an unfortunate and unnecessary break in; instead, here are a few inexpensive ways you can make your garage door more secure and private:

Gadgets and Upgrades

In addition to installing a strong lock on the door to your garage, it's important to also fortify your automatic garage door. If your garage door or garage door opener is older or damaged, having it replaced with a newer model or repaired by a garage door repair person is a great place to start.

However, if you don't have the money to replace the garage door and opener, there are other options available. For example, if you're notorious for leaving your garage door open, the Family Handyman recommends installing a timer that automatically shuts the door after a set amount of time, such as one to two minutes, as an inexpensive way to ensure your forgetfulness doesn't leave your belongings vulnerable.

If you have an older garage door opener that clips to your rear view mirror, you're leaving yourself vulnerable to crafty burglars with a code grabbing device. Older automatic garage door openers feature a remote with a single default code. If you don't change the code, burglars can use a gadget called a code grabbing device to learn your code – and open your garage.

Investing in a newer, high tech garage door opener featuring a rolling code system – which provides your opener with a unique code each time it is used – might not be in your budget. If so, the two most cost effective ways to protect your garage are to periodically change your existing door opener's code – which can be done with the aid of a professional – and investing in a key chain remote opener.

Eliminating the garage opener remote from your vehicle will prevent burglars from simply opening your car door and hitting the button.

Adding Privacy With Frosted Glass

Several of the newer models of garage doors feature decorative glass cutouts, and although they are eye catching, they also leave your garage vulnerable to curious burglars. A burglar can simply peek through the glass to see what you've stored inside your garage before determining the best way to break in.

Luckily, there is an inexpensive and attractive way to make your garage door safer: frosted glass. The most common option is to have your existing glass removed and replaced by frosted panels.

There is also a more cost effective, DIY option available that can give you the look and privacy of frosted glass without breaking the bank. Adhesive frosted window film is easy to install and will generally last the life of your garage door.

To begin, cut the film to fit your windows. The film is available at automotive supply stores or craft stores. Next, clean the window with a commercial glass cleaner. Fill a spray bottle with warm water and a few drops of dish soap.

Dampen the clean window with the soapy mixture and quickly apply the film to the window, adjusting it as needed until it is straight. Use a paint scraper to smooth out the film and remove any air bubbles. Allow the soapy mixture, which activates the film's adhesive, to dry for at least two or three minutes before using the door.

Dealing with burglars, and the expense of keeping them at bay, are unfortunate aspects of being a homeowner. Luckily, there are several inexpensive ways you can make your garage door safer. If you're still not sure your garage door is safe, or if the model is older and doesn't function well, don't hesitate to contact a repairman to discuss your options.