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$1 fix could secure your garage from thieves

Dollar Fix May Secure Your Garage from Thieves

The automatic garage door isn't as secure as many think, and thieves have discovered a simple way (according to KOAT, it takes just six seconds) to get inside.

Luckily, there is a very simple, inexpensive way to fend off garage bandits: the zip tie. Just thread a plastic zip tie through the emergency release latch (check out the video for a visual).

The zip tie should be strong enough that it would prevent a hanger from opening the garage door, but make sure you have enough strength to bust it in an emergency. An important note: If anyone in your family isn't strong enough to disable it if necessary, this may not be the right option for you.

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Jay Subhedar March 05 2014 at 8:05 PM

Will cost more than $1 but the fool proof way is to route power to the garage door opener through a switch. At least at night or while on vacation you can rest assure no one will get in by using the emergency manual mode switch by pulling the rope.

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kleind862 March 04 2014 at 3:44 PM

gol thanks so much for the lesson on how to break into a garage door I never knew this trick and now you showed me and thousands of others too. Wow I love this forum where a thief can learn new ways of breaking into houses. It is free and Me thinks I will go right and try it. Oh while your at it as far as being so stupid and all . Why don't you all just leave me your money and valuables by the door so I don't have to destroy your homes looking for them.

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dtkr1 March 04 2014 at 5:19 PM

Agreed.. Thank you for the tip!!!!!!!!!

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socraticknight March 04 2014 at 3:00 PM

also print a few signs that read, "protected by Glock and mute guard dog". place them strategically for potential intruders to read.

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pruettee March 04 2014 at 10:28 AM

I can do it cheaper. Check in your junk drawer in the house. Find and old bolt with a nut. Some will have no problem finding one in the tool box. The rails on the door for the wheels have slots. Put a bolt in the slot near the bottom, Put the nut on and not even tight. You cannot get the door up. Check it out.

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dtkr1 March 04 2014 at 5:19 PM

ELIMINATING the ability to use in an Emergency

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filliperogers March 04 2014 at 9:43 AM

Well they are used instead of handcuffs alot of times by law enforcement to cuff you..... or so I heard. lol

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circustwo March 04 2014 at 7:40 AM

I would use a spring clip key ring. (ya know, the one you would use to clip onto a belt loop)

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jw2160 March 04 2014 at 7:19 AM

I keep waiting for one to try to get in, a double tap from my 9MM will solve their little problem . . . .

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karen.reader March 03 2014 at 11:07 PM

Zip tie (using the largest one) a pair of scissors to your zip tie on the emergency release lock, you'll always be able to exit when you have an emergency by cutting the safety zip tie with the life saving zip tie.

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nf1stinks March 03 2014 at 10:57 PM

This solution is so simple. Simply outlaw metal hangers so the thief can't open your garage door.

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dtkr1 March 04 2014 at 5:20 PM

Then only outlaws will have them

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aleighcat March 03 2014 at 10:57 PM

Lol................any thief attempting to break into my garage will have 100 pounds of lean muscle waiting on him. He's not a barker, he's one of those dogs who seems to delight in staying quiet until he notices you noticing him. Yes, I know that animals can be shot -- but you'd better have lightening quick reflexes, is all I'm saying.

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dtkr1 March 04 2014 at 5:22 PM

Most thieves do not want to draw attention. Shooting is not a good option for them. It would make a great picture seeing a 100 set of jaws holding an arm through a garage door window though :)

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