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A video that shows a burglar only needs a wire hanger and six seconds to break in to a garage has received nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube.
Maybe that’s because garage door burglaries are on the rise in parts of the country, according to a variety of reports we found.
So it’s a good idea to button up when it comes to your attached garage. It’s the fourth most-common entry point for residential break-ins.
What can you do? A few DIYs can secure your garage:
Use a 1-by-4-inch piece of wood above your garage door to block a wire hanger. Fast forward to 3:31 in this video to see how:
Get alerts from a smartphone garage door controller when your door is opened:
Install a home security system.
Don’t leave your garage remote in plain view in your car.
Always lock the entry door between the garage and your house.
Lock any other doors or windows to your garage.
Frost the glass on or add window film to your garage windows so no one can see in.
Check with your garage door retailer to see what safety or security features are available for your model.
Tip: To thwart the hanger method shown in the 6-second break-in video, many news reports recommended securing the emergency release on your automatic garage door with a zip tie. Underwriters Laboratories and others in the garage door industry say that’s a code no-no: The emergency release must always be operable in case the door were to trap someone.