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How Fast Can a Burglar Break In to Your Garage?

A recent video that’s gone viral shows how thieves can break in to your garage in just six seconds. But there are ways to prevent it from happening to you.

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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:

  • 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.


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deirdre-sullivan Deirdre Sullivan

is an NYC-based writer who’s obsessed with maximizing every inch of her urban dwelling. She’s a former fashionista who has worked for Lucky Magazine and InStyle. She recently traded her high heels and Fashion Week pass for a drill and bandsaw. Follow Deirdre on Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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