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Does Your Attached Garage Have A Burglar Alarm?

Burglar alarms are made to protect homes, so people focus on the main entry points to their homes when installing alarms, the doors and windows. Many people don't consider installing a sensor on their garage door. If your home has an attached garage, you should have a sensor on your garage door -- even if you already have one on the door that leads from your garage to the rest of your house. Here's why your garage door needs an alarm, along with what type of alarm works on garage doors.

Burglars Love Garages

According to Corporate Travel Safety, the garage is the second-most-common entry point in residential burglaries. There are two reasons why burglars like to break in through the garage.

First, garages offer a concealed place to gain easy access to the rest of the home. Once in a garage, burglars are concealed and can take their time picking a lock that leads to the rest of your home. Even if they don't know how to pick a lock, most doors that lead from garages into homes are basic interior doors, which can be kicked down.

Second, even if a burglar can't gain access to your home from the garage, whether due to an alarm sensor, secure lock, or sturdy door, garages offer plenty of loot for thieves. In your garage, there may be:

  • electronics in your car
  • power tools and yard tools
  • sports equipment

These items might not seem valuable when compared to your jewels, but they're easy to sell at a pawn shop. Few burglars will forgo an easy opportunity to take them, especially if there's little risk involved.

Sensors For Garages Are Available

Some homeowners don't think about installing an alarm sensor on their garage because they don't realize how enticing garages are to burglars, while others don't realize that there are sensors made for garages.

The sensors installed on garage doors don't work like regular door sensors or window sensors. Door sensors can tell when there's contact between two components of a sensor; window sensors either sense contact or vibrations from glass breaking.

Garage door sensors, in contrast, sense tilt. When the garage door is opened, it goes from a vertical to a horizontal position. A sensor that's attached to one of the door's panels will feel the change in orientation and, if your security system is turned on, activate your burglar alarm. The authorities will be notified shortly, just as if any other sensor was activated your alarm system.

If your home has an attached garage, don't forget about it when setting up a burglar alarm. Thieves love to come in through garage doors, but a sensor will activate the alarm when they do.