Thieves break into a house almost every hour in the US. This is a fact that every homeowner should live with. Everyone should keep their guard up at all times. Even the safest neighborhood will not be so safe with the smartest thieves.
Many of them get into the house through the garage. This is where there is least security. It is important to know how these thieves break into the garage to prevent this from happening.
How they can get into your garage
- Steal your remote. This is a case of the forgetful ones. Don’t leave your garage door opener remotes anywhere, especially in the car. This is an easy way for thieves to break into your car and get easy access to your garage.
- Through the garage window. Some garages have their own windows for ventilation and light. However, these are also entry points for thieves. Most homeowners pay little attention to their garages, most especially the windows. However, it can be a point of entry that can mean serious trouble if it’s missed out.
- Using a wire hanger. This is the latest method that thieves have been using to get access to your garage in seconds. With a wire hanger, they will fish out the emergency release cord and pull it. Once this has been done, they can manually open your garage door and ransack your home.
- Use a code grabber. The code grabber will work with those who have an older garage door opener. New ones already have some sort of security that changes the security code of the opener after every use. This is why older garage door openers might need an upgrade for security’s sake. However, there is now a new code grabber that can bypass this standard security feature. A radio hack can be used to intercept and record your wireless key’s command. The hacker can just return any time to open your garage door.
- When you forgot to close the door properly. Another common mistake the most homeowners make is that they forget to close their doors after driving off to work or get the kids to school. Even forgetting to close the garage door once is enough to let the wrong people into your home.
- Through an old and broken garage door. If you have an old garage door, chances are it might pose as a threat to your home’s security. A squeaky garage door instantly gives an idea to a thief that breaking into the home is a piece of cake. With only little to no effort, it can be propped open especially if you have no other security feature to defend your home.
How to prevent this from happening
Now that you already know the various ways that thieves use in order to break into your garage, the next step is to beef up your security and prevent this.
- Update your garage door opener. An old garage door opener might put your home at risk. There are already standard security features that come with the new openers. These help in keeping your home and your family safe and secure at all times.
- Install additional security features. Adding more security features, aside from the ones that come with your opener, is a good idea. This gives you control and access over your garage door opener whenever and wherever. Just having additional smartphone controls is already a way to know whether there has been an unauthorized entry.
- Close and put curtains on your windows. Since garage windows can be used as a point of entry for burglars, it might be best to secure them and add curtains. This prevents thieves from window shopping and checking out the contents of your garage.
- Reprogram opener if you lose your remote. If you’ve lost your remote or if it was stolen from you, reprogram your opener when you get back. Reset the opener and delete all the stored information. This prevents anyone from using your garage remote in opening your garage door.
- Lock the release lever. Although the emergency release cord is an essential part of the garage door opener, it can be used by thieves to break into your home. Lock the release level to prevent them from fishing out the cord. Use a plastic tie wire to secure the lever. This makes it difficult for them to pull it out. However, you can still pull the lever from the inside in case there is such need.
- Secure the gap between the wall and the door. Aside from securing the lever, you can also cover the gap between the door and the wall with a wooden board. You can just screw the board and attach it nearest to the emergency release cord. The longer your board, to cover the entire length of the door, the better.