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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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firestallionfox March 03 2014 at 9:46 AM

Smith&Wesson works great!!

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1040advocate March 03 2014 at 11:13 AM

just make a gaurd for it so they can't get their tool looped in it...

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HEY MIMI March 03 2014 at 11:14 AM

Why not have a heafty pair of scissors hanging nearby to cut it!!

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ssrapp March 03 2014 at 11:15 AM


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Tim March 03 2014 at 11:16 AM

you can just remove the handel from the unlocking cord. Coathanger can not snag a naked cord but you can grasp and pull.

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Richard March 03 2014 at 11:20 AM

I used to tie the pull cord up in half so that the handle was higher. Putting a zip tie around parts I would think would put undue pressure on the mechanism. Most garage doors in this area on older homes have a turn handle bar installed on them . Which when turned , places two tips of bars into the tracks to block the door opeing. When people put on automatic door openers after the fact, most installers disable the turn handle by placing a screw into the bars in the opened position and screw it into the wooden door stile. More sophisticated theives just sit outside your house with a frequency generating device that mimics the opener. They just let it run till the door opens . Using a coat hanger is an iffy type entry . Putting a loop into the rope makes it more difficult to get the leverage needed to pull it with a coat hanger device. Cover all your windows in your garage, even the side windows. That way a thief cannot have an accomplice watch as he uses a coat hanger.
Most thieves also check door knobs on regular doors first. Most burglaries are convenience ones when someone has left the door locks unlocked. Having worked as a locksmith for 35 years, I have seen and had to try all methods of gaining entry into a locked house. The garage door was ever rarely used to gain entry. Same goes with criminals. People in the area are less prone to see you breaking into a standard door , than a full wide open viewing garage door. So only the really dumb bumbling burglars would try garage doors. Concealment from view is their advantage.

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crosleyjon March 03 2014 at 11:22 AM

Good idea-However-My wolf sleeps in my garage-since my $8,000 robbery.Problem solved.

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Barbara March 03 2014 at 11:38 AM

The safety release is there for a reason. In an emergency seconds count and having to remember the safety release has been altered then having the presence of mind to bust it is not a good idea. Even if you don't have children, this idea isn't a good one in my mind.

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spdy65 March 03 2014 at 11:40 AM

I got in the habit of snapping a pair of vise grips on the track just above a door roller. No way the door can be raised. We also have the door opener on a separate circuit with an on/off switch so the opener can't be operated. Storms sometimes open doors, and some thieves have electronic scanners that scan opener frequencies.

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jrmattison March 03 2014 at 11:43 AM

I never have worried about someone breakin OUT of the garage.

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