City of Santa Clara, CA

02/09/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 15:33

Secure Your Garage to Reduce the Risk of a Break-in

Garage doors are a common weak point of home security and an easy target for thieves. Not only are garage doors vulnerable, but they provide criminals a shelter once inside.

Reduce your risk of a break-in, by following these safety tips:

  • When not in use, store your vehicle(s) in your garage.
  • Protect your family and your belongings by keeping your main garage door and pedestrian access door closed and locked during all hours of the day.
  • Do not leave your garage door remote in your vehicle. If a thief breaks in to your car and steals the remote it provides instant access into your home. Instead, invest in a keychain remote opener.
  • Be sure the door from your garage into your house is locked and as secure as your front door (e.g. dead bolt, peep hole).
  • Tint, frost, or cover garage door windows so individuals cannot see what is inside.
  • If you have a home alarm system, use it. If you have a video surveillance system, extend the perimeter to include your garage.
  • Install motion-sensor lights to deter nighttime break-ins and prevent burglaries.
  • When you are out of town, make sure to padlock the throw latch on the garage door.If you come home and find a door or window open or signs of forced entry, do not enter. Instead, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Remain vigilant and report suspicious people, vehicles and circumstances in your neighborhood to Public Safety Dispatchers at (408)615-5580. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.