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Don't let crooks sneak into your house through the garage door

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Charles McDonald explains how to secure your garage doors. Source: WBRC video Charles McDonald explains how to secure your garage doors. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

In no time a crook can be in your home and gone with your stuff.

According to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, there were 4,795 robberies and 44,989 burglaries across the state in 2012.

In many cases the point of entry is your garage door.

FOX6 News Investigative Reporter Ronda Robinson spoke with Charles McDonald of Garage Doors for You. He has heard too many stories.

"I've seen it spread out over everywhere," he said.

McDonald says some robbers will ride around with a universal garage door opener point it at random garage doors to see if they can get in.

Then there's the YouTube video with more than a million hits that claims all thieves need is a wire hanger and a few seconds to break in the garage door. McDonald hasn't seen a case where a wire hanger was used to hook onto a garage door release cord but he says its possible.

"They can try to push in and try to get up under there," McDonald said.

Crooks often target garage doors with windows.

"It's real easy for them to pop the glass, pull the emergency cord, raise it up and they're in," McDonald said.

The bad guys will even try to find their way around a solid garage door.

"A lot of times they will come here, kick the bottom panel, shove it in and just enough to crawl under," McDonald said.

No matter how it's done, once crooks lift the garage door they're in and headed to your goods. McDonald's says there are ways to make it harder for the criminals to get in.

"I would get double insualted windows. They're close to a half-inch thick. It would take a lot of force to get through there," McDonald said.

If you get a door without windows make sure its sturdy. The one McDonald showed us is two inches thick.

If you're concerned about wire hangers being used to grab your release cord, you can cut it short, wrap it around the opener arm or secure it with a zip tie.

Last but not least, you can also buy equipment that will allow you to monitor whether your garage door is open or shut by dialing it up on your phone.

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