Garage Doors Serve as an Entry Point for a High Number of Home Burglaries

Approximately 9 – 10% of burglars gain access to a home by breaking in through the garage
By: Damian Douglas Doors
 
LAS VEGAS - May 21, 2013 - PRLog -- According to crime statistics on familyhomesecurity.com, “Many homeowners forget to reinforce the security of their garage, which makes it a potential target for burglars. Over 70% of burglars are able to gain entry to a garage by using a small amount of force. Since over 93% of homeowners have a garage that is attached to their home, this presents a significant weakness in their total home security.”  

Garage doors are a common entry point for burglars, not only because of lack of security but because garages allow intruders to remain unnoticed. “Once a burglar has got inside your garage they are out of sight and can work uninterrupted to break into your home.” Homesecurityguru.com warns.  

Another security problem comes from homeowners forgetting to close the garage door. “The biggest problem people are having is not closing their garage doors -- it's almost 50 percent or more (of the burglaries) right now," says Jim Barrentine, a crime prevention officer.

Since statistics show that approximately 40% of non-forced entry residential crime is through garage doors, it’s recommended that homeowners remember to shut and lock the door between the house and garage at all times. Garagehawk.com gives some important safety advice “Police say open garages invite burglars who, once in, may take the opportunity to walk through another door into the home. And anything can happen once they are in your house. Don't risk yourself or your family's safety. The best advice is to always keep garage doors closed when not in use.”  

And finally, don’t forget the pet door.“If you have installed a dog or cat flap make sure it is not a way in for burglars as well as your pet. It is surprising how a small pet flap can be vulnerable, burglars come in all sizes!” warns homesecurityguru.com. “If a pet flap is something you just cannot live without, look into purchasing a pet flap with a radio activated flap.”

For more information on garage doors and garage door services in the Las Vegas area visit: http://www.damiandouglasgaragedoor.com/

http://www.familyhomesecurity.com/garage-security-tips/
http://www.homesecurityguru.com/the-doors-to-your-home
http://www.garagehawk.com/about/close-door-on-crime.html
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