Important security tip for homes with garages

Most people think that having an attached garage makes their homes safer. After all, the garage does provide an extra layer of security for one of your biggest investments: your vehicle. But it's important to remember that the garage also provides an extra access point to your home. And that alone makes it attractive to burglars who are looking for a way in.

The most obvious security mistake that homeowners make is leaving their garage door open at night. This is an open invitation for burglars and thieves to steal your possessions, take your car and gain access to your home.

But simply closing the garage door isn't enough. Most garage doors are not very secure. Using a simple wire hanger, burglars can open your garage door in as little as 6 seconds.

  • This is why it's critical to also lock the door from the garage to your home.

Most homes have deadbolts on that door, but many people don't lock them. They make the mistake of assuming a burglar cannot get in when then garage door is locked. These are the situations that burglars are looking out for.

Many police constantly warn residents that most thieves are more likely to enter homes through the garage than any other window or door. If you're not bothering to lock the door that connects your home with your garage, then you are increasing your risk of being burglarized.

Some additional tips:

  • If your door only has a standard lock on the door handle, have a deadbolt installed by a professional. A high-quality, professionally installed deadbolt makes it far more difficult for a burglar to enter than a standard door handle lock.
  • If your garage door is not closing all the way or operating correctly, call a professional right away to fix the problem.
  • If you have any exterior lights on the garage, leave them on at night as an added deterrent.
  • If you have a security system, or are considering one, have door contacts added to your garage doors, so that your alarm is triggered when any of the doors are opened.

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