Post # 1
We just bought a house and me and my husband disagree on whether the door from the inside garage to enter the house needs to be locked our if it is safe to be unlocked.
Does anyone leave this door unlocked? Its a nice safe neighborhood, but it seems risky for some reason. Are garages easy to break into?
Post # 3
I have the same setup and the door is always locked.
Post # 4
I am paranoid so I would lock the door.
Post # 5
Do you have a garage door opener?
If so they are a lot harder to break into. We have a garage door opener and the door from the garage into the house always stays unlocked.
I have always lived this way and grew up this way and I have always lived in cities (not out in the country etc.)
ETA: IMO If someone is going to break-in they are going to find a way to get in no matter if your garage door is locked or not.
Post # 6
I used to lock mine obsessively until I got a better garage door opener (the internal code or whatever changes often so the automatic garage door opener can’t be jacked). Plus my garage door no longer has a handle on the outside (I backed into it and had to get a new door). I also have an alarm system in my home as well as my dog, so I am not as paranoid about leaving that door open.
If I go out of town, I lock that door as well as manually lock my garage door from the inside.
Post # 7
We have the same (need a code to get into the garage) and we never lock the door between the garage to the house. We might if we didn’t have an alarm system I guess? But that makes me feel pretty safe.
We NEVER lock that door. Like ever. So we don’t even carry house keys and never gave away spares because all you need to get into our house is the code for the garage and the code for the alarm.
Around Christmas we drove to Michigan (4 hr trip) to spend the weekend with DH’s extended family for the holidays and left my friend and his girlfriend to house sit for us and watch the pets. Around 9pm our second night there I get a worried call… they had accidentally (?!) locked that door on their way out to get groceries and were now locked out of our house. Totally locked out… and we didn’t have a hide-a-key or anyone with a spare key. And worse…. WE didn’t even carry keys to the house which means the pets were officially inside the house with every house key in existence.
Very long story short– luckily we keep tools in the garage and they managed to break in by using a large hammer to break the doorknob off (harder than it sounds).
We now keep a hide-a-key.
Post # 8
Personally – I would lock it. That’s how I grew up and, although DH and I don’t have a garage now, I plan to do the same once we buy a house.
I just feel safer that way.
Honestly – if one of you feels safer with it locked, why fight it? Just lock the door and then you’ll both feel safe (even if one of you feels its an unnecessary step).
Post # 9
We never locked that door growing up with my parents but they lived in a gated community.
We now try to lock the door when possible especially when we are leaving and when we go to bed at night. Since that door has windows (no idea why a garage door has windows) we made sure to get the kind of deadbolt that you have to lock with a key from the inside and outside so no one can just break the glass and open the door.
Post # 10
We have a garage door opener but we still always lock the door leading into our condo.
We live in a condo community where everyone has a remote controlled garage door. A few years ago we got home from work to find our garage door up (we ALWAYS double check to make sure it’s closed). Apparently, one of our neighbor’s remotes somehow crossed circuits and opened our garage door by mistake. When we got home I FREAKED out since the landscapers had been working there all day and we had no way of knowing how long our garage door had been up. We keep most of our storage in the garage as well as our grill and a few other big ticket items. Thankfully it didn’t appear that anything was missing but if we would have kept the door leading into the house unlocked, I probably would have had a heart attack.
Post # 11
Garage doors are much easier to break into then houses. I don’t have a source, but I remember hearing that lots of robbers break in that way.
Also, my mom’s garage got broken into two years ago. So scary. Thank goodness, its a detached was a garage. so yes – lock!
Post # 12
I would be ok with leaving it unlocked, but I’m sure my husband would still lock it every night.
Post # 13
My boss lives in a nice neighborhood and it is relatively safe. His neighborhood is much safer than where I live, but did that stop the theft who broke into his car to steal his GPS.. nope. Crime can happen anywhere. I’m pretty sure thieves pick houses to rob when they have their guard down.
Now, my sister lives in a nice neighborhood. She would leave that door unlocked if she was going across the street to a neighbor’s house but if she was leaving for work she would make sure to lock it. You never know. I would rather be safe than sorry.
Post # 14
We lock ours.
The old owners did not manually lock one garage door that does not have a nifty door opener. We went for our final walk through and we could not get in the house. The agent (figuring they did not lock that garage door) opened the garage door and they hadn’t locked the door in between the house and garage either. They had also been broken into a few times.
Post # 15
I would have chosen other on this. I think if I was in the home I wouldn’t always lock the door, but typically if I leave I would ALWAYS make sure it’s locked. We just moved into a place with an attached garage, so we’re dealing with this dilema as well.
Post # 16
We started out locking it, but then got lazy and just leave it unlocked. In the last 6 months, we’ve also forgotten to close the garage door twice.. once with the door locked and once with it unlocked. We’re in a pretty safe area, so there wasnt any problems, the UPS guy was also nice enough to drop off the package inside the garage that day. FI put it this way: if someone really wanted to break into the house, they’d probably go through our sliding doors in the back and not through the garage just to find out if that door was unlocked or not… and if it was locked, well they probably arent going to stop there now that they are in the garage.