According to FBI statistics, over 60 percent of home break-ins happen without obvious signs of forced entry. How is this possible? There are vulnerable points of entry on almost every property that people forget about, most notably the porch and garage doors. The likelihood of a burglary can be greatly reduced by following a few simple tips.
Burglars Usually 'Case' A Property First.
How Does My Garage Door Contribute To That?
It depends on the model, but many garage doors come with windows in them. This is an aesthetically pleasing element that also lets in light to your garage, but you need to be wise about how you showcase it. Many homeowners use tinted glass so a passerby can't look inside -- anything to block the view from the outside and keep your belongings from view.
I Lock My Garage Door Remote In My Car. Isn't That Enough?
Unfortunately no, it's not. In fact, taking this step does you very little good, especially if you have a habit of parking on the street. Thieves look for garage door remotes in glove compartments, on visors, in caddies, and on doors. You need to be careful where you hide your remote. Try to remember to take it with you into the house, which is really the safest place to keep it.
On a side note, if your garage door can be accessed by a coded keypad, enter a custom code. Don't use the numbers in your street address and change it from the factory default of '00000.' There's no sense in making it easier for someone to break into your home.
My Garage Door Has An Emergency Release Latch.
Is There Anything I Can To Protect Against A Break-in?
Yes, the latch does make it easy to simply pop the door, lift it, and gain entry. Luckily, there's an equally simple solution to this problem. Use zip ties to secure the door from the inside. That way no one can use this trick to access your valuables.
What's The Biggest Mistake People Make When Securing A Garage?
It's going to sound silly, but people forget to close the door. We've all had to quickly run out for something, and in a rush, forgotten to lower the garage door. This can leave your garage vulnerable to opportunistic thieves. Even if you're only gone a few minutes, that's enough time for someone to locate and steal your belongings. Always close the door behind you and monitor its wear and tear.
Maintaining these habits will make burglaries in your home and neighborhood less likely. Willow Creek Overhead Door in Amarillo can help protect your home. Ask them about garage door safety features.