Actually, if you have windows in your garage door, it's extremely easy because most people leave the pull rope attached. So, theif breaks window, reaches through and pulls release... garage door's open.FightDesigner said:I've wondered about our garage door sometimes, since you can get in through there to my shop if either I don't lock the chain I installed or if you don't mind smashing though a hollow-core door... and from there you could get into the bedroom.
How hard is it to get into one of those automatic garage doors? How secure are the codes for that?
Hate to say it, but if you don't mind breaking things, most houses aren't that hard to get in to.
There are alternatives to the big ADT/Brinks type company. Look for small local companies who don't charge an arm and a leg for monitoring. You get the same coverage, but for half the price. I have a friend who's company charges 16.95 per month as opposed to ADT's 30+ per month here in Denver. Plus, with the discount on HOI, monitoring costs like ten bucks a month. Skip McD's a couple of times, and your house is protected.
Also, like mentioned before, visual deterents (sp?) are the best front line of security. Most, and I stress most, home burglaries are targets of opportunity. If thieves are canvassing a neighborhood, are they going to attempt a breakin on a house with what they perceive as an alarm, or go next door where there isn't one?
So, long story short... Good exterior lighting, quality locks, minimal blind spots (trim those shrubs), and a sign or two will go a long way without breaking the bank or shedding all over your couch 8)