Published On: Thu, May 28th, 2015

Thieves are Breaking Into Homes via Garage Doors in Record Numbers

A new product, Garage Defender®, is flying off the shelves for finally allowing homeowners to protect themselves from thieves breaking into their homes via their garage door.

1…2…3…4…5…6. As fast as it took for you to count to 6, a burglar can break into your garage.

We were stunned by the video we found on YouTube (video at end of post) showing how quickly someone armed only with a wire hanger can maneuver the wire through the door and hook the emergency release lever on the other side.

Garage doors have levers that allow them to be opened manually in case power is lost.

Burglars, standing outside your garage, have figured out a way to use the hanger to pull down the release or to hook the red string that dangles from the lever. Once it is released, the garage door can be opened by hand from the outside.

Sgt. Shannon Hartley with the city Sheriff’s Office says residential burglaries are a problem here. He says there is no way of knowing how many of them involve the wire method, but says in the last 3 months there have been 500+ burglaries, during which the crook entered through a garage door.

“We see very creative ways to commit crimes and new ways to commit crimes all the time. People need to know how fast it can happen so they can protect themselves. The time to act is now.” said Sgt. Hartley.

There is only one company that sells a solution that is approved by the Organization of Home Safety and is rated A+ in consumer reports. We talked with the creator of the Garage Defender™.

The system normally retails for nearly $100, but he was kind enough to provide our readers with a special link and pricing until it sells out:


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