Recently my neighbors down the street had their home broken into. It happened during the day while most of the neighborhood was at work or school. The burglar managed to get away with thousands of dollars of electronics and jewelry. Fortunately, nothing was taken that cannot be replaced, and my neighbors' homeowner insurance will cover the loss.
Experiencing an invasion of one's home can be devastating especially when you believe you've taken every precaution to keep it from happening. After discovering the burglary, my neighbors quickly called the police. It did not take officers long to discover the point of entry, which took them and the entire neighborhood by surprise. The burglar had gotten in through the garage doors. The officers explained how this was quickly becoming a problem. The garage offers cover from being seen, and from there, they can figure out how to get inside the home.
People seldom give their garage doors much thought when considering securing their home. They're big, heavy, and after all, most garage doors require a remote. Unfortunately, the truth is garage doors are a prime target entry for burglars.
The evening of the robbery, I looked online to see if there was anything about burglars using garage doors to gain entry into a home. Just the number of videos alone showing potential burglars how to enter through garage doors was astonishing. Using a simple wire coat hanger, burglars are able to manipulate the wire through a very tiny crack and release the emergency lever. It's that easy. I began to think of my other neighbors, not to mention so many innocent homeowners across the country, that do not give the security of their garage doors a second thought.
I decided that I, and my neighbors, needed to be aware of how to properly secure our entire home, not just our front and back door. I quickly researched tips to better secure my own garage doors and shared it with my neighbors. Now, I'd like to share it with you. I hope you find it helpful.
If you keep your garage remote inside of your car and park outside of the garage, always lock your car.
A simple way to keep burglars from using their latest technique on your garage doors is by placing a zip tie around the emergency lever and the track. If an emergency arose where you needed to use the lever, you could simply cut it free.
If your garage door has a keypad outside, clean it often. And, if possible, consider covering it so that it doesn't stand out.
If your garage doors have windows, you can cover them or simply spray frost them so that a potential burglar cannot see if your car is inside.
When considering a security system for the entire house, include your garage doors.
If possible, make sure your garage doors are well lit. A well lit home often deters burglars.
Always lock the door from the garage into your home. Homeowners often believe that since they think their garage is safe, there's no need to lock that door. In reality, it just makes it easier for burglars. A deadbolt placed on that door would be a great idea as well.
Keep communication open with your neighbors. Let them know if you're going out of town and whether or not you're expecting anyone to come by.
Last, you know your home better than anyone. Look around and ask yourself how you would break in if you had to. You may see something that needs your attention.
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