Do you value the items you leave in your garage? More importantly, do you leave a key to your home in the garage in case you lock yourself out, like many of us do? The reason I’m asking this is because your garage is not as secure as you might think. A criminal can open your garage door in less than ten seconds by simply sliding a wire coat hanger through the space between the top of your garage door and the weather strip, then hooking and releasing the emergency release latch for your automatic garage door opener. It’s that simple. You can watch a video demonstration HERE. There are various steps you can take to protect your garage; however, I would caution against some of the advice floating around online that suggests modifying the emergency release latch, since it can hinder the functionality of the latch in the event that it is needed during an emergency. The best option is to install Secure Pacific’s verified security monitoring system for your home that includes intrusion detection devices in your garage. The ability to immediately identify and verify an intrusion will result in fast police response times, increasing the likelihood of apprehending the criminals and keeping you, your family, and your property safe. . Contact a Secure Pacific security consultant for more information and to receive a free security assessment for your home or business.