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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host6/20/10 12:19 PM 
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Breaking into a garage

Most of us with automatic garage door openers are worried about someone with a fancy electronic gadget using a code to open our door. Instead we should worry about crooks with a wire coat hanger unlocking the garage door within seconds.

Once inside crooks can close the garage door and survey our goodies to see what they want to steal, possibly a car with the keys left in. Even worse, on an attached garage crooks can then take their time and get into the house unseen, move valuables to the garage, and then call their buddies with a truck to quickly load and go after they reopen the garage door from the inside. BTW, as they close the door its locking mechanism will reset so you or the cops may not even know how they got into the garage or house.

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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host6/20/10 2:04 PM 
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An option is to trim the release pin which crooks catch with the wire hanger.

Depending on how concerned you are about garage door safety, a locking pin can be added to the garage door fairly easily and cheaply. Of course that takes away from the convenience of the automatic door opener.


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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host6/20/10 2:13 PM 
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10 Garage Door Safety Tips

Garages are great for a whole range of reasons — storage, home projects, play — but, for all of those reasons, they can also pose safety and security challenges. Through the International Door Association (IDA) and the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA), the Overhead Door Corporation has prepared this list of garage door safety tips for keeping everyone and everything safe and secure.

  1. Make sure the garage door opener control button is out of the reach of small children.

  2. Do not let children play with garage door remote controls.

  3. Consult the owner’s manual and learn how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature.
  4. Visually inspect the garage door each month. Look at springs, cables, rollers and pulleys for signs of wear. Do not attempt to remove, adjust or repair these parts or anything attached to them. A trained door repairman must make adjustments to these parts, which are under high tension.

  5. Test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a 2" x 4" board or a roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call a qualified garage door professional for repair. If the opener has not been replaced since 1993, seriously consider a new one with auto-reverse as a standard feature.

  6. Never place fingers between door sections and explain the dangers to children. If you have small children, consider a door with panels that can’t pinch.

  7. Do not leave the garage door partially open. When activated again, it may travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. This also impacts your home’s security as well.

  8. While on vacation, unplug the garage door opener unit or use a vacation lock console security switch, which renders remotes unusable and is an optional accessory to most openers.

  9. If the opener does not have rolling-code technology, which changes the access codes each time the opener is used to prevent code grabbing, be sure to change the manufacturer’s standard access codes on the opener and remote control, or consider investing in a newer model with more safety and security features that are now standard.

  10. A new trend in home invasion is gaining access to the home by stealing the opener or car. Never leave the remote control in the car or with a parking attendant. Consider using a key chain remote and always lock the entry to the inside of your home — especially if your opener is programmed to your vehicle. It is a small inconvenience for safety and security.

From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host6/20/10 2:16 PM 
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Garage Door Security – Rolling Code Technology

The latest generation of garage door openers employ rolling code technology (hopping code) to use one of millions of different codes every time you use the remote.

As a new code is generated with each use, there are no switches to set — and it is virtually impossible for thieves to “grab” your code. This means that automatic garage door openers can be used without garage door security concerns.

Do not leave the remote in your car, should a thief break in to your car and steal the remote he has a way into your home. Consider purchasing a key-chain remote you should be able to find one compatible with your system.

Your garage door is only as secure as its weakest link. It is of little benefit in having the best of locks if the door itself is flimsy. Likewise a strong and sturdy garage door will not give you the best security if it is fitted in a weak frame.

Garage doors get a lot of use, eventually they will show signs of wear and tear. It will pay you to regularly check the condition of the door and frame, check for any sign of rot or corrosion.

Look with the eyes of a burglar, how would you break in to your garage? Are the doors constructed out of a single sheet of metal or fiberglass? If so, it is possible a burglar could gain leverage and bend them enough to get inside, he could not easily do so with reinforced steel or solid core wood.

  • Make sure the door from your garage into your house is as secure as your front door.
  • Always lock the door from your garage into your house.
  • Ensure that the door to your garage is in good condition.
  • For effective garage door security keep it closed and locked at all times.
  • Do not leave your door opener in your vehicle.

From: SBFH DelphiPlus Member Icon6/28/10 10:10 PM 
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One thing that a lot of people forget is to make sure the door between the garage and house is locked. 

We had someone break in through our garage years ago, severely damaging the door.  They had attempted to break in through the front door and were unsuccessful.  Once they got into the garage, they broke open that door when the alarm went off.  Most of our neighbors admitted they never locked that door.  You should, even when you are home.  It can add those extra seconds for safety.



From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host9/10/12 3:11 PM 
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From: Clothahump DelphiPlus Member Icon9/14/12 10:48 AM 
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I have an detached garage, so it's not an issue for me.
My major problem is that my next door neighbor has one of the newfangled pacemakers that communicates by RF for monitoring. Every time a pretty girl walks past his house, my garage door goes up and down.



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  • Edited 9/15/2012 10:33 am by EdGlaze

From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/22/14 2:34 PM 
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On The Best Defense: The Garage
[2:00 video]

We never feel more secure then when we’re on our home turf. While doing our chores such as in a garage, you never know who might walk in and what the intentions might be.

The Best Defense #69 (Episode 4 – Season 6)

Air times on Outdoor Channel:

Wednesdays at 12:30 PM ET, 4:30 PM ET, 7:30 PM ET, 11:00 PM ET

Thursdays at 2:30 AM ET.


From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host8/7/15 10:16 PM 
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From Kim Komando's Newsletter:

A $32 hacker gadget opens almost any car or garage door

A new gadget built out of $32 worth of electronic parts can open almost any car with a remote key-fob radio AND almost any garage door. It's called "RollJam," and it beats one of the key security features of most electronic locks with a simple workaround.


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