Why burglars are targeting your garage
Despite the number of break and enter offences in the home falling in recent years, garages are a prime target for burglars. Here’s how to keep your garage safe.
Homeowners are being urged to take more care when it comes to garage security, as burglars target cars and other valuables that are surging in value and kept in home garages, detached garages and communal garages, such as those found in apartment buildings.
Record demand for cars and appreciation in used car prices is making car theft from garages an increasingly lucrative crime for opportunistic burglars. Remarkably, more than half of the 10,000 cars stolen in the year-ending June 2021 were from the owner’s garage, carport or driveway, with these areas seen as a weak link in overall home security.
In addition to cars, garages typically contain hot items for burglars such as power tools, lawnmowers, bikes (with bike theft increasingly dramatically), sporting equipment and even entertainment equipment such as musical instruments, gaming technology and TV screens.
Burglars are also becoming more cunning in their acts of crime, narrowing targets down to a specific street or area, and spending typically just eight minutes or less conducting the burglary, with the small space of a garage easy to access and quickly ransack.