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Garage doors and security
9% of burglaries begin through the garage, as shown by property crime statistics. Some of these burglaries are opportunistic, but many criminals scout out properties for points of weakness before attempting a break-in. If your garage door is showing signs of vulnerability, it could become a target.
- Your car or other valuable possessions getting stolen - Many homeowners keep their car or other possessions in their garage. Not only will a broken garage door enable criminals to enter more easily, but once they’re inside they will then be shielded from view.
- Many garages connect to the rest of the home. Entry into your garage could mean entry into your home, leaving yourself and your possessions at risk.
- A broken garage door isn’t simply an entryway for criminals. If your garage door has gaps due to structural damage, it could also become an entryway for rats, mice or similar-sized pests.
- Poor weather conditions can cause damage if you garage door is not fully enclosed. Gaps can lead to flooding, which in turn can damage any items or vehicles inside.
- A burglar is much less likely to attempt a break-in through a modern garage door. Unlike older garage doors, which typically use a single lock, modern garage doors feature multiple locks and advanced security features to combat burglaries.
- Not only are modern garage doors more secure, but they’re also more durable. Purchasing a modern garage door will grant you the peace of mind that your garage will be secure long into the future, and any problems that caused damage or weakness in the past are unlikely to reoccur.
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