Is Your Garage Secure? Think Again. . .

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

Many of us do this everyday. We drive home, click a button and park our vehicles in the garage. 


With another push of the button, our garage door closes and we enter the house, thinking our homes, cars, and personal safety are protected.


key to the house

We are wrong.


Last week, a Realtor friend had her car stolen from her garage while she slept. Imagine the shock of waking up and walking to the garage to find your car is missing! The thieves raised her garage door and stole her car because, as busy people sometimes do, she left her purse and keys in the car.


Before you rush to judgment, the garage door was closed and she thought she was safe. We have since learned crooks can enter a closed garage door and even ACCESS YOUR HOME if you don't lock the door entering the residence. As a Realtor, I've shown hundreds of homes where the back door is left unlocked for the owner's convenience.


So, in addition to properly securing your purse and keys, you should lock the garage door as well as the access door(s) to your home.


Don't assume this happened in a crime-ridden neighborhood. It did not. It could have happened anywhere. 

For safety's sake, lock ALL doors to your home, including the one that leads to your home from your garage. Since this incident happened, I've been locking mine, and I hope you do, too.


Comments (26)

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

You should keep that side door locked Sheila Anderson. I'm much more aware now that this happened to a friend.

Aug 07, 2018 11:59 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I wasn't very concerned about the door to the inside of the house until my friends experience. Now I double lock that door, plus my car is also locked. My friends car showed up three weeks later, stripped and destroyed. I don't want to go through that, Nina Hollander.

Aug 07, 2018 12:01 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

A lot of us do that, Grant Schneider. Many people leave their cars parked in their driveway with valuables and the car is unlocked! That's just asking for trouble.

Aug 07, 2018 12:02 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So sad that her car was stolen!  I had a similar incident happen to me.  I was on crutches and had left my purse in the car because it was hard to crutch between 2 cars.  The thieves broke the window of the car to steal my purse in my garage.  They had some type of way of opening the garage.  I wasn't the only one either.  Just glad I had my keys inside with me and the garage door locked.  Haven't left my purse since.  Ugh!

Aug 07, 2018 06:09 PM
Vickie Teel
RE/MAX PALM REALTY - Port Charlotte, FL
Sharing Florida sunshine one homeowner at a time!

I never leave my doors unlocked or my purse in the car but thank you for the reminder!

Aug 07, 2018 06:16 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

What a terrible experience your colleague had. So many people blithly leave the connecting door from garage to house unlocked, thinking they are safe; garage doors are not hard to open.

Aug 07, 2018 07:08 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - sometimes we need to wake people up and this post certainly does that to help them keep their house secure. 

Aug 07, 2018 08:09 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I don't ALWAYS lock my doors, but I generally do when I'm sleeping.  However we do have an alarm and it would go off if the garage door were opened.

Aug 07, 2018 08:48 PM
Karen Simms
Century 21 Arizona Foothills - Queen Creek, AZ
Horse Property Specialist

I too lock all my doors and have my garage door wired to the house alarm. If someone were to raise my door they will set off the alarm along with my barking dogs.

Aug 07, 2018 11:50 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is crazy and I would feel secure too.  I don't leave my keys in my car, but all the same, it sounds like they could get in.

Aug 08, 2018 06:05 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'v seen videos of how garages can be broken into.  Of course, my favorite deterrents to any entryway are motion activated, super bright, flood lights.  That usually gets folks with bad intentions to move along.

Aug 08, 2018 03:03 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Oh Jan Green - how awful! It's such a pain to haul the purse and file folders inside each night, but it's better safe than sorry. There are videos on YouTube to safeguard our garages. Too bad it comes to that...

Aug 08, 2018 03:23 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Lottie Kendall - countless sellers leave the door unlocked between the garage and the house. When the door accidentally gets locked after a house showing, the sellers usually can't get in the house. Many of us have become accustomed to leaving that door unlocked. Not me. Not anymore.

Aug 08, 2018 03:25 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Brian England - there are how-to videos on YouTube that explains how the thieves can get in and what can be done to prevent it.

Chris Ann Cleland - security cameras are a big deterrent, too. I've watched those videos, too.

Aug 08, 2018 03:29 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Many Dallas area homes have heavy steel garage doors, switches that cut the power to the garage door(s), and secure alarmed doors between the garage and the house.  Most people have security cameras.  Strangely, the security cameras are not always a deterrent.

Aug 09, 2018 09:10 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

That is terrible, Pat. We have cameras and a security system but thieves are getting smarter and smarter.

Aug 11, 2018 07:26 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Sharon Parisi Those heavy steel garage doors sound impressive. Switches that cut the power to the garage could be useful, but there are ways to raise the door manually, which is what happened at my friend's house. Like Debbie Reynolds said, thieves are getting smarter and smarter, so we have to remain vigilant.

Aug 12, 2018 08:13 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty great post and I am so glad I caught this reblog from Debbie Reynolds . 

As I mentioned on hers, I always recommend to my clients and friends to add a deadbolt and peephole to the garage entry many forget what a vulnerable entry point it is. 

Aug 12, 2018 06:52 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty ,

You are so right..we have to be ever vigilant to protect our home. We have an elaborate outdoor lighting system around the perimeter of our home. Our door is always locked going from the garage into the house and our security on every night. I'm sure its not enough but when I enter the house I never leave my purse or car keys in the car..its just not smart.

Aug 12, 2018 07:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Pat- a few months ago, a neighbor had thieves come in through the garage door, into her house, grabbed her purse and took off in her car. Luckily the alarm went off and the police were able to catch them. I always leave the door to the garage locked and never leave my purse or keys in the car. 

PS came over from Debbie Reynolds reblog!!!

Aug 13, 2018 10:27 AM

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