I'm a safety expert – a simple car mistake is making you super vulnerable to a break in, here's what to do instead

IF you own a home, you’ve likely experienced paranoia around whether someone could break in.

Many of us install extra locks, cameras, and alarm systems to ensure our space is safe and protected from intruders.

A security expert named Cathy Pedrayes said there’s one thing we may be overlooking that makes us vulnerable to break-ins: our garage opener.

Posting to her TikTok account @cathypedrayes, she began: “Don’t leave the remote in the car.”

If you park your car inside the garage, you’re probably fine, she said.

But if you park in the driveway, the remote-control clicker that we often attach to the car visor is very visible to intruders.


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“Instead, bring the remote inside or at least hide it and lock the car.”

As for another way to ensure safety, a security expert named Gene Petrino, who works for @SurvivalResponse, shared a few tips for deterring home invaders.

“It all starts right here at the front door.

“The first thing that you want to do when you hear that doorbell ring or hear someone knock on your front door: use your peep hole,” he said.

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This will allow you to see who’s at the door and determine if you know them—without them seeing you.

“If it’s somebody that you don’t know, don’t ignore them.”

Although our instinct may be to hide, Gene said that’s the wrong move.

“That’s the first mistake a lot of people make: they think that the person is going to go away.

“If it’s someone that’s going to break into your house and they think that you’re not home, they’re going to go around the back and they’re going to smash the door or kick the front door in.”

The second mistake many people make is they open the front door, even when they don’t know who the person is.

“Why would you do that? If you don’t know who they are and you don’t know why they’re there, then you don’t need to answer the door.

“What I want you to do is talk to them through the door: Ask them what they need, ask them who they’re looking for.

“If it’s someone that is trying to break into your house, they’re going to make up a name and say they’re looking for Jennifer. Tell them they have the wrong address and they’ll leave.”

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If you have a video doorbell, even better—just use that to check who it is and talk to them through the monitor.

“But the last thing you want to do is open the door to somebody that you don’t know.”

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