This isn't one of those urban legends, this was on the news this morning here in Vegas.
The new trend in home burglaries is gaining access through your garage. How do they do this? Especially if, like me, you have an automatic garage door opener?
Popular in Vegas are the garage doors with the decorative windows at the top. If you're tall enough, you can peek into my garage through the window.
If you are a burglar, you drill a hole near the window closet to the pull release to your garage door. You snake a hooked hangar through that hole, catch it on the pull release, pull and ta -da! Your garage door can now be manually opened.
The police on the news this morning recommended several things:
- cut off that little red handle on the end of your pull release. You can still pull the release with the heavy cord. (I did that immediately this morning)
- Make sure you ALWAYS lock the inside door going out to your garage.
- frost or darken your garage door windows
Here's a link:
Garage Door Burglaries