Skip to comments.The 6 Second Garage Door Break-In You Can Prevent
Posted on 03/28/2014 8:20:43 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS
For those behind firewalls, the way the thieves are getting in is by running a coat hanger up through the top of the door, and feeling around for the emergency release on the door opener, then tripping it. The solution is pulling the little spring that holds the release in place out, and replacing it with a zip tie, so you have to exert more pressure than the coat hanger can transmit to release the emergency release. You can still pull the release if you have to, albeit with a slightly harder tug on the rope. The zip tie used is big enough to be a tight fit in the hole, maybe 1/8th-inch in width, or thereabouts.
Most garage doors you can kicked in in less than 6 seconds...
Thanks for the summary IYAS9YAS.
Of course this is only true if you don’t keep your doors locked with the ground handle, and a large nail or hook through the hole in one of the operating levers. In which case my answer is: stand out there an yank all you want dumba$$!
When I built a house several years ago, I used thick garage doors with no windows at all.
Sorry but I don't believe it tells one to remove the spring,only to add a ty-wrap
My mother-in-law had a simple way to fix this. On the guide rails there were several square holes in the rail. Just above a wheel, next to a hole she would stick the handle of a small pan in the hole. There is no way anyone could open that garage door.
You are correct. I originally watched the video with the sound off, and it appeared that way. I watched it again, and he was pulling the zip-tie through with the pliers, not taking the spring out. Thanks for the correction!
My garage door release makes a decent amount of noise when released. It can be heard in my bedroom over the garage. The dog alerts and wakes us up when odd (and sometimes not so odd) noises are heard in the night.
Per protocol, my wife grabs the phone and cues 911 while I play a tune on the safe, grab a tool and go with the dog to check things out.
But this concern is the reason there is no outside door directly into the garage and there are no windows in the garage either.
Kinda defeats the purpose if you, unlike me, actually park in the garage, and need to get in from the outside. My cheap excess crap fills the garage while my cars sit and bake in the sun. There's something wrong with that, I know, but that's the way it is.
Did she park in the garage? If so, what'd she do when she left?
She was too old to drive so we took her where she wanted to go.
When the wife and I left for a few days, I took one of my unused gun locks (the kind that has the flexible loop and a padlock), and ran it through the holes above one of the wheels.
“My cheap excess crap fills the garage while my cars sit and bake in the sun.”
Our garage is filled with valuable paperwork and tools that I keep and precious memories and heirlooms that my wife keeps.
(Actually it’s all crap, but it just depends on your point of view!)
My garage spawns its own crap. I swear I've cleaned it out three times over the last year, but every time I go out there, there's more stuff there, and I still can't walk from one side to the other without serious risk of breaking an ankle.
Thanks for that. I will take care of it.
On the topic of what to do to your house when you go away for a few days. Turn off the water. I had a plumber tell me a story about some guys pipes froze because the power went out. The water kept running for days.
Hey ... I know that reporter!
Zip tie ... good idea. I’ve already removed the cord, but after watching this, I think the zip tie is a better solution.
Thanks IYAS9YAS for the summary, much better than having YT it.
You’re welcome. Don’t take the spring out, though. That was my mistake. The guy is using pliers to pull a zip-tie through the spring hole, not take the spring out.
What I really need is a net that sproings straight up and the perp is just hanging there when I get home. :’)
Nice trick after she pulled her car out to leave.............
Seriesly, I do similar when we are going to be away for a few days. Garage doors do open mysteriously from spurious signals. Was sort of hilarious in a new development we moved into where the moron builders had used the same code on several house garage doors.
they’d break their ankle trying to kick my door in.
If you are leaving the home for any long period simply put a padlock in the track above a wheel. If the break in occurs through a window, cagey theives like to pull their vehicle in the garage and load it without having to leave the house of hurry.
when i lived in an apartment complex i had a neighbor whose wife would blast the stereo and would not turn it down. i figured out their garage door code. there was much schaudenfreude.
If anyone ever comes and ‘robs’ my garage, creating room for 2 cars within, I think I’ll pay them a bonus.
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