Burglars target garages for three main reasons: Garages shelter property, such as bicycles, lawn mowers, and cars, that is often easy to move and fence or strip. Most people don't spend much time in their garages, so an intruder stands a good chance of coming and going without immediate detection; and an attached garage serves as a discreet path to the rest of the house.

    For openers, consider your garage door opener.It provides security because you don't have to get out of the car to open the door, and it makes it next to impossible to force the door. But if you haven't changed the electronic combination from the factory setting, your garage may be more vulnerable than you think.

    And what about the garage door itself? If any of it's panels are loose, damaged, or inadequately secured, a burglar could climb inside without opening the door. The same goes for any garage-door windows, access doors, and doors leading to the house. They deserve a much attention as any other window or door in your home.

    Finally, all the security in the world won't do any good if you leave your garage door open. A thief can dart inside and make off with items in seconds. At the very least, you're flaunting valuable equipment; at the most, you risk losing it.

    Keep all valuable tools under lock and key behind solid cabinet doors. A burglar who knows of a treasure trove of unprotected tools may even line up a buyer before he steals them.