A little over three years ago, I awoke for my normal morning walk. As I walked into my garage, I noticed the third-stall garage door was open. A few moments later, I realized that we were a victim of a six second burglary. Yet had we had the Garage Shield in place at that time, we may have felt more safe and secure. And now, thanks to the Garage Shield, which sent us a complementary product for testing purposes, we can rest better at night knowing that our garage is more protected than it ever was before.Yet on that July morning three years ago, I couldn’t stop thinking about how violated I was with the burglary. My spouse was notorious for leaving her purse in the car and I have occasionally left the garage door open at night. At first, I thought I left the garage door open, but I distinctively remember closing it the night before.As I stared at the open garage door, I walked by my wife’s car and saw that her purse was still in the car, but the glove box was open and items were strewn about. I looked inside her purse and her wallet was missing.The glove box of my car was also open and items were also scattered about. Missing from my car was a pair of Beats headphones as well as a Nintendo 3DS gaming system.As I began to walk down the driveway, I noticed there was a credit card in the lawn. I then proceeded to walk down the street and I found nearly all the contents of my wife’s wallet: driver’s license, checks, credit cards and pictures. The only thing that was missing was her wallet. Phew, we got lucky.
As I turned the corner away from my house, I noticed there was a fair amount of contents in the a neighbor’s lawn; it now appeared there were other victims as well, whether it was garage break ins or vehicles in driveways.
By the time I arrived back home, the police were already in our driveway. They indicated that most likely what had happened was that a burglar had used a hanger to unlock the emergency latch mechanism; hence the “six-second burglary.” The officer also immediately suggested that I remove the plastic know at the end of the emergency latch mechanism as another alternative.
However, had I had a Garage Shield installed, the burglars would not have been able to grab a hold of the emergency latch mechanism as the shield would have blocked the hanger. But now that I have installed the Garage Shield, I feel that I am taking one extra step to stop another attempt to burglarize my garage.
The Garage Shield is really easy to install, which you can see from the video below. There are no tools required and in a matter of minutes, you too can feel a little extra security in your home knowing that the Garage Shield can help make it more difficult on the “Six-Second Burglar.”
Unfortunately our insurance company didn’t cover any of the lost items because there was no sign of a forced entry, but now that I know I can take extra steps to make it more difficult on a garage burglar, I feel safer in my home, more than I ever have before.
So without a doubt, check out the Garage Shield.