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We feel that this is one of our more applicable and import articles, as everyone out there should know something about garage door security. We’ve touched on this topic briefly in our article on a bypass technique commonly used by criminals, but today we’re going to expand on that to look at garage door security as a whole.
Garage doors are a common weak point when looking at security in a whole-home approach and an easy target for thieves. Garage door are not only a weakness, but provide criminals a shelter once inside. To the casual passerby an open garage with a work truck pulled up to it doesn’t look out of place or scream break-in.
Securing your garage door doesn’t just mean the roll-up door; as you’ll read in the article below, you have to look at every entrance point as a vulnerability. Not that any loss to your family isn’t devastating, but one that occurs through a preventable measure just shouldn’t happen. Here are the 12 most important things you can do to secure your garage.
Automatic Garage Door Openers
Let’s briefly talk about the history of these devices so you can get an idea what we’re talking about later in the article. When the first generation of automatic openers came out they all featured the same code. You can imagine the security risk by having one of these openers. Thieves could just drive a neighborhood pushing their purchased transmitter and if you had the same brand as they did; jackpot!
The second generation of openers increased their security by featuring dip switches that could be set by the owner to a unique combination. While this did increase security, most owners would leave the default setting on and guess what? Jackpot! Another security risk of the second-gen openers is that a code grabber could be utilized to gain access to your system. A code grabber device works by locking onto your signal and memorizing it. Then, all a thief would have to do is re-transmit the code and they were in.
Modern automatic garage door openers now feature rolling-code technology, where your remote will transmit a brand new security code each time you press your remote. There are over 100 billion codes, so the likelihood of a code grabber working are very slim. Be sure that your opener features this rolling-code technology! If you use Lift-Master for instance, look for their Security+ line that features this technology.
- Don’t leave the garage door remote in your vehicle – If a thief breaks in to your car and steal the remote he has a way into your home.
- Invest in a keychain remote opener – Stop using that remote you clip to your visor and get a keychain remote opener that you can leave on your keys.
- Secure your garage door emergency release – Follow our article here and learn how easy it is throw some zip-ties on your emergency release and still retain it’s intended function.
- Keep it locked – Put a deadbolt on the door between your house and garage; is it really that much of an inconvenience to have to use a key each time you come home?
- Make sure the door from your garage into your house is as secure as your front door – Ensure you have a strong, sturdy door made out of solid-core wood or reinforced steel and install an Anti-Kick device like the Door Devil on it!
- Don’t leave your garage door open – It amazes me how many people in my neighborhood just leave their garage door open all the time. It’s just inviting someone to pop their heads in and grab something. Listen up America! I don’t care how safe you think your neighborhood is, good neighborhoods are the first place criminals like to drive through to case houses.
- Install a wide-angle peephole in the door between your house and your garage – You’ll at least be able to see what’s going on if you hear a strange noise; rather than opening the door to find out.
- Frost or cover your garage windows – Don’t do thieves any favors by enabling them to see when your vehicle is gone, a better idea would be to replace the door with one that lacks windows.
- Padlock the throw latch on your garage door when you’re out of town – If you don’t have a manual lock on your garage door, you can use a c-clamp tightened down on each side of the door track to effectively “lock” down the door. It’s similar to those small window track locks you can buy for your home interior windows.
- Don’t neglect maintenance on the mechanical parts of your roll-up garage door and keep an eye out for corrosion. Don’t forget the door from your garage to your house; check the frame, locks, hinges and any replaceable items.
Essentially the same as war gaming a situation, Red Cell is a term we throw around here when we’re discussing testing security by putting yourself in a criminal’s shoes. How would you break in to your garage? What are the weaknesses of your security system?
Do you have an external keypad? try removing it and taking out the batteries out, can it be manipulated to open your door? How can you be sure if you don’t try it out? This is pretty extreme, so don’t take it out of context, but if you’ve got the cash, desire and time to make the repairs; kick in your own door. Have you ever kicked one in? Do you know how easy it really is? It will definitely make you rethink your security.
Keep drilling these ideas into your head and we can’t say it enough… Test your system for vulnerabilities! Please also take a few minutes and share this with your friends and family! Don’t be the victim of a garage door break-in this holiday season!
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@tired of this life and @Have Been There
You are singing at the choir. Do not give up! There is more than one way to skin a car.
1. change all the outside door locks specifically the dead bolts use Kwikset Smart Key dead bolt and reg door locks
do not take key to a locksmith or make duplicate keys if you lose them re-purchase a new lock w/new keys
2. lock you gagrage by running a tag lock through it so they can't use the hangar trick to make garage door manual
and unplug your unit each night once in for the night. Never use a remote control again. Never give out remote password either. NEVER
3. GEt a good security system. I like ADT with them for 14 years and they are good have evrything wired do not use computerized anything. The codes are easy to hack
4. get a gate over your front door. Install your locks your self or get a friend do not let keys out of your have for anyone. Trust no one. This is home safety, make sure all windows are locked and secured.
5. When travelling keep locks in a clear container inside your carry-on bad never let bag get out of your eeyesight. Or TSA will steal them, happened to me 3 times.
6. If you are hearing books stacking sound,name being called , music or like boot walking across your attic. This is a remoter tape recorded sound to scare you laugh at it go to sleep once you have done all precautions.
It is a lot to consider but your life is precious don't let criminals win or make you feel you are crazy your are not . The wickedness in the land is rampant everyone is suspect even your mother pr father. Trust only Jehovah God and Jesus Christ and heavenly angels no one else. Trust no one who says, I swear to God, or as God is my witness, or I'm a Christian. These words should make your mind burn.
2. should say get a keyless remote and keep it with you at all times. never give out the password to any one. people can be bought for information. Don't underestimate the opponent, he is a spiritual demon with many people as helpers. The wicked are up all night they get no rest and they are plotting and scheming to rob, steal, and murder. While good people are asleep. You be awake while up all day. Think they cannot master me! Watch who comes into your home to. This is your haven of rest and peace, Right!
They tried something different on my rolling overhead door I did not know could be done. They attempted to kick the track away from the wall. By the looks of the scuff marks on the white door, they must sat or squatted in front of the bottom corner of the door and kicked it with the whole bottom of their foot. The door is installed so the bottom edge butts up against a 1" higher garage floor, so the bottom edge of the door had a backer, which was just luck, the door could not be kicked far enough to come free. On many houses the door comes to rest on the garage floor itself and the screws holding the track of the door are small and may only be secured to a 1 x 4. We are next to a drainage ditch that makes easy access and getaway and the corner was directly below the security light and a shrub which I have since removed.
Do firemen and police men have applications to open your garage door? Some kind of code grabber application? I live across from a public worker fireman and he is a crud. I was home one night and the garage door opened all by itself. We only have one opening button and so we bring it in from the car always and share it. I called the police and while we were all standing outside looking at the opened garage door, the door magically closed again all by itself. The police told me my opener was broken. Well, I do not think our device is broken at all. I think the crud living directly across the street from me just decided to mess around for some fun for himself. I need to know if this crud has this opening ability from his work. I was told by some men that the fire departments always want key boxes outside of buildings so if they have to enter for fire or something they can just open doors. I was also told that they sometimes use applications such as code grabbers. How could I discover if this fireman who is a crud did this to me to be mean spirited and laugh at me?
We now have plugged the garage opener on the ceiling into a on/off box. We have a remote in the house, and when we want it opened we turn on the power to the garage opener. Then the regular button will work. We have had no problems with this 2nd step security approach. We are considering just running an extension cord from the ceiling power source to the electrically outlet by the entry door. There are extension cords with on/off manual switches...then we could just turn off the electric power to the source box when we wished to have the door secure. This way we would avoid anything to do with remotes.
It is a total pain to have to always stop the car, go through the front door, run through the house to turn the electric power on for the garage door. I'm thinking it is no better than just getting out and using muscles to pull up the door manually.
Yes they do and you can't trust some of them either.
you can only trust 2 living creatures Jehovah God and Christ Jesus and their nyriads of nyriads of Amgels no one else. WE are living in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 "critical times har to deal with will be here" on earth now is where it is right now!
In respects to #2 from the Top 10 to invest in a keychain remote. While this idea is better than having a free-for-all remote sitting in the car, I still believe that a keychain can give access to anyone if you lose your keys. Alternatively I’ve been looking for a small keypad remote for I can keep in the car similar to the ones you install outside your garage. I’ve not been able to find one so I plan to buy a regular size unit to leave in the car. Any suggestions?
don't put the keyless on a key change get a lance and wear it you know the one that says What Would Jesus Do??? it can say anything you wear it like a necklace ok
Hello, I am in the market for new garage doors and considering aluminum for astectics but concerned about security. Any thoughts/advice is greatly appreciated.
Hey Jazziej514,,,Clopay makes a great 2 inch insulated door in many different designs. You will not be disappointed.
get the doors and install security. Don't use remote use any type of keyless entry and shut it down when you go to sleep. Don't give out the code to anyone. make sure you have a good door to your garage with a good lock. Yu may wnat o invest in a gate and a good security system. Do whatever it takes to be secure.
I'm a new home owner and today was my second time at the house. I went into the garage and found the the door was open! When we got the keys to the house just the day before we were told the opener was lost. Really scared me and I'm not sure what to do. I did put a screwdriver in the side rail of the door to jam it for now. Is there a way to reset this door so it won't open for the old keychain opener?
@Rios143 You can disengage the safety release to bypass the garage door opener until you can either get it reprogrammed or replaced. You'll need to manually keep the door locked though until you can. A competent garage door company should be able to help you with reprogramming if you can't find instructions online to do so yourself. Hope that helps!
@Rios143 Depending on the model, it might actually be really easy to make the door forget it's learned openers. For instance on my Genie, if I push the learn button (under the light cover) for 10s it'll forget all remotes. We actually had a similar situation where the day we bought the home, the remotes were not with the keys. In our case the previous owner promised to get them to us asap. I am however, a not very trusting when buying a new home and would likely have reprogrammed the garage door even if I had all the openers that day along with changing the locks. While the previous owner may not ever had ill-intent, you can't guarantee none of the retailers or their prospective buyers didn't copy the key.
Are you kidding me???
Do not use the keypad that is already in the house. The old owners are not to be relied upon for TRUTH! Buy a keyless entry pad or key( do not install on outside of garage either. Keep it on your person at all times not in your car either. Obtain a new security system for the garage door the entrance door into the house from the garage, and the rest of house everywhere. Do not get a digital computer system make it a hard wired system only. . get new dead bolt smart keys from Kwik Set and bottom locks too that are smart keys do not make duplicate keys use the keys in the package only. If you lose a set buy locks all over again. You need an alarm on your house because the old owners know all about it and how to get in. Put a gate on the front door cost btween $150-$400.00 from Lowes or Home depot. watch all workemn who come in your house. Follow them closely. Keep nothing valuable like debit cards , id anything that a criminal would want around.
Did you know that for every remote you used on your Genie no matter when or where when you reprogram that remote every remote programmed to that Genie is re-useable !!!! because you reactivated it with the new code. Chuck the remote period. Take it from me, been there done that what's next? I am speaking from experience with criminals for over 3 years. Get key less entry and keep it on your person. Hand your keys to no one. Give your code to no one. You may even want to invest in a new unit all together.
I like your tip about not leaving the garage remote or gate opener in your vehicle. My friend had an experience where his car was broken into and his garage remote was stolen out of it. So, just in case, I'm going to keep it in a different place! Thanks for the heads up! http://www.pssstore.net/elite-gate-openers-s/1993.htm
I am having alarms with me but that didn't work at the time thieves broke in my garage, I think I can get these other tips for my garage and that will completely secure my garage. Thanks for sharing this information really useful.
Hi - I have comments for TIRED OF THIS LIFE but perhaps more for others. A couple of years ago I might not have believed this situation except that really strange things started happening in my home after I moved in. Small things at first, made me think I was going crazy. I dared not tell anyone. Then obvious things. Relief in one way because I realized that I was not going crazy but fear because I knew someone was in my home and had been numerous times. Then instances where things happened where I knew it could only be one person - a person who I would have never guessed it could be. However, it all made sense. This is an ongoing matter with police involvement so i don't want to say anything more about who I "allege" it is. The sad thing is though, it took a security camera system in my home to get people to believe that someone had actually been in my home. Not everyone can afford an expensive camera system and I believe they can be tampered with. Anyway, I would gratefully ask: For the people who do not believe others, please hold your comments and be glad this is not happening to you. It is extremely traumatic. I have endured it for months now. For HaveBeenThere, do not be concerned whether others believe you or not. I made that mistake and was very wrapped up in this and it brought me down even more. I understand about the police situation. If you are dealing with local police, you may want to go to the next department (i.e., county or state police.) If an officer is telling you not to call, you need to go to the department directly and speak to someone in charge. You then need to keep going up in the "chain of command" until you get some help. I was given the advise to keep a written log of everything that happened. One officer (who believed me!!!) said that everything will fall into place. The log does take some time to write (date and time). Details are KEY!!! I would say to put only things in the log that are factual - never guessing on anything. About keeping the written log around, you would need to keep it in a secure place. I keep notes and take them to my safe deposit box. I took everything valuable to a safe deposit box including my passport, birth certificate, etc. From my personal experience YOU are going to be your best advocate to getting this problem taken care of. You may need to ask yourself: Could this be an ex-boyfriend? (From times past? Someone jilted?) I think you said this started happening after your husband passed away. You may not want to read this - Was/Is someone spending time in your attic? Some of the things that you write about - it's like I am going over the past year+. I wish you the best.
Hey Wally West1 you were looking for a stronger garage door. Saw Bob Villa install one in an episode concerning hurricane proofing your home. All steel lots of reinforcements and very heavy. Strongest residential door I have seen so far...........
good luck Wally there doesn't seem to be a garage door on the market that can take much abuse before they fold in and give way the track and rollers just can't support the kind of abuse necessary to stand up to a concentrated attack. Like I said earlier my neighborhood was bad for break ins and the thing that has kept my cars safe is a good alarm I also posted how to burglar proof a key switch if you need one to keep one step ahead of the bad guys anyway keep the faith and let me know if I can help
sorry to hear about your situation and I can't believe somebody hasn't answered you already... The best thing you can do for is to have somebody who kinda knows a little bit about breaking into homes come to your house and take a look at it I know this sounds crazy but some people who were bad - here are now better people and willing to share what they know just be sure to somebody you know well... And then finally cameras absolutely
I know how you feel about fortifying the door mine is on a busy alley shared with commercial traffic. The truth is you can't make it strong enough to keep everyone out. An alarm that is reliable and loud (and legal) will make them leave your door alone. Switches and sensors that are properly set will set the alarm off before they do any damage to the door. I moved in 38 years ago when the area was the highest crime rate district in the city no one ever got into my house or detached garage...Good luck
@Bob SSP Thanks for all your comments Bob, your perspective is much appreciated.
Don't forget one of the easiest ways people defeat your door security and it is a very easy fix. If you have an external key sw, or pad that uses wires they can easily be pried off and the exposed wires can then be bumped a together to operate the door. My fix was simple.........take the wires from the back of the key switch or pad and stretch them across the wall well away from the hole where they entered cut the wires (one several inches longer than the other. fasten the other end of the wire tightly to a nail or staple then reconnect the wires making sure there is no slack in wire between key switch and the connection to the wire that is secured to the nail. If done correctly the wires will break at the first attempt to pry the key switch out and the break is far enough away from the hole to reach with a hangar. This trick has worked for me twice in the past.
Thanks for the great advice ! Leaving your home open through the garage can be very risky. It's often not nearly as secure as you think.
Knowing these top ten garage door security tips to prevent break-ins is something that every homeowner should know about. The most important part in my opinion would have to be about the garage door openers. That is why you need to know about these things without a doubt.
I really appreciate this article. Makes me feel better about living in a tiny apartment with a bunch of old, useless crap nobody wants, haha. Seriously. There's not even beer in the fridge. But if you take the fridge, make sure you shake it good once in a while, or it stops working.
I need help. I've had so many break in's, the police told me don't call them anymore, they don't believe this is happening,said their going to report me to the DA. What ever kind of a criminal you are, you can get away with it in this town.no one cares cause it's not happening to them. I've had all these things done to my garage door. I even reset the code every time I leave my house, they know when I'm gone and their in my house, I had 3 dogs, and a home security system. I don't know how their getting in and bypassing my system.They have stolen just about everything good that I owned my clothes also, they steal my food,use my house like it's Walmart, I'm so fed up with all of this but I just can't afford to move, I actually wanted to put my self up on that one site where people beg for money, I"m so desperate, I can't live here but have to, they even through my under wear all over my bed one day, they followed me to the store, I took pictures of the truck, police said to bad you didn't get the license plate, I said isn't that your job. I'm so desperate, I just want to move my house some where I'll be left alone, No one should have to live like this, My husband died and that's when it all started, I know people that are doing this, Police won't believe me not do they care, A neighbor told them I was crazy, stuff that I reported sounds like I'm crazy but this is all happening in my home. I found a pill in my gallon of milk..,someone stunned gunned my dog. I come home one day my burner was on on my stove, in my one shed I haven't been in it over a month the back light someone put on. I can't tell you the last time I was even back there,they went in my attic and took the insulation and threw it all over the place up there, This is all crazy shit that just shouldn't be happening and I can't explain any of it. Some one please,,,please help me. What do I do? What? I'm beyond desperate,
@Al I disagree with you Al. I think @tired of this life of this life is simply the type of person who feels she is entitled to a handout and is looking to manipulte people by making them feel sorry for her. Who in their right mind would think of going to to "put [them]selves up on that one site where people beg for money"??? Its obvious "tired" is referring to one of the crowd funding sites, but little does tired know, most people don't just hand money to those who beg. That is not what crowd funding is all about. Instead, most people want something in return for their investment and support of one's "project".
I don't doubt that it may have happened to her once, twice... maybe a few times over the years. But to suggest it happens as often as she leaves her house? Or often enough where the police not only tell her "do not call us anymore"... But she is told they will report her to the D.A?
Most thieves aren't going to break into the same location twice and if they do, they are going in for something specific that they know is there, something that is worth the risk they are taking... And to go back again and again, to do it so often (every time she leaves), the thief is subjecting him/herself to getting caught. In fact, if they are that consistent, it isn't But if she knows who these people are, why not point them out? You don't have to have a license plate to state someone's name to the police.
@tired of this life, sorry if this sounds too mean. But whether it is therapy, a change of attitude or a change in expectaions, only you can make those changes. And only you can pull yourself out of this fairly unusual situation you describe. Good luck!
@tired of this life I believe this is happening to you. But, if the police won't help, you need to find someone that will. I would very respectfully suggest a therapist.... and I know that sounds like I'm calling you crazy. I promise I am not. But you don't need money to get out of that neighborhood, you need a new frame of mind, It sounds like you have gone through some very tough times and you need to help yourself and move forward.
I believe you!!!! This is happening to me as well...Want to know who is doing it!! Check your neighbors did you get into some type of dispute? I have two people on my street coming into my house and stealing stuff...They want to make you look like you are crazy that is the intent! that is why they are not taking your tv's and bigger items they have serial number on them and besides how could they make you look crazy if they took those items. If someone hates you enough they will go out of their way to make you look like the one who is crazy! they dont want to go to jail! This is happening more and more! If you look crazy then no one will believe you and help you! come on think people!!!!
Just throwing this out there but have you ever thought about the possibility it being poltergeists? You say it started after your husband died, that they get by your dogs, security systems, and play around in the attic? Of course this won't explain being followed by a truck but lack of sleep worrying can add to paranoia. I can tell you the paranormal is VERY real and we are finding out more about it everyday. Just somethingto think about.
A few months back own home was broke into. When I arrived home, I saw that my garage door was opened, when I know I didn't leave it that way. I called the police, and they took care of it. Ever since I have been very worried about my homes safety. I never really thought about how my garage could be safer.
Ever since my mom had her garage broken into I have been worried about the safety of my garage. I have never had problems with locking the door from the garage to the house, but if garages are easier to break into I can see why it is a good idea to have the house door be as secure as the front door. My mom's garage was having mechanical problems when it was broken into, so think it is also a smart idea to make sure your garage is working properly.
ErikWestesen, by the timestamp of your post you were somehow a day or actually 2 before the inital first airing of the Shark Tank episode. Odd. As it turns have just watched the first airing of the episode, only several hours ago.....and researching.
As it turns out I think that the the Shark Tank seems to be a very expensive version of what can be a 40 dollar add-on.
SeeLiftMaster Power Door Lock 41A6102 Garage Door Opener wire it in, triggers with the remote, safety latch not an issue...same as sharktank, but 40 vs 250, I thnk it will work on non Champerblin also, as it a simple wire to the bell connections
That lock is only compatible with 2 lift master operators, very few people have this type of operator so it's not really an option. It actually turns the shaft where the springs a mounted, most operators are trolley type that are connected to the door itself.
?how do I active the door stop so my wayne dalton garge door wont open by someone lifting it from the outside of the garage
Appreciate the info - I had to play super sleuth myself as my home had been repeatedly broken into as it became a sick game almost. The garage door trick - "fishing" for the emergency release cord had been done - broad daylight ! Numerous times as well. Bump keys were utilized on every cylinder lock - every door knob or fence lock I put on my gates - sliding glass door has been breeched as well and no window is safe - best thing I ever did was look for information we all have access to -the internet- free will to do with that info as we choose - and I chose to utilize the same technology and information that was bong used against me to help me take control over the terror some creeps tried to unveil and did to a point until I made it stop. I am qualified to use and bought a hand gun, made safety plans for my kids and I, installed mirrored tint on all my windows (helps with insulation as well) made every access only accessible to me and my kids. Sealed shut the crawls space under the house and any vents. Locking reinforced window locks on sliding door and windows, paddle locked my front door from the inside as well as the garage door entrance from the garage. I installed a bolt lock for the inside of the garage door got rid of my garage door motor that had the old rf remotes with the rolling technology. I also placed a barrier around the motor to prevent access to the motor itself for programming purposes . Lastly and THE BEST ADVICE - internet camera security systems ! Hands down the safest and THE biggest thing that has brought peace of mind if I thought that were possible anymore after being stalked. Every side of ur home and have the cams pointed at each other so no blind spots . They may try and hack your system there's ways around that too. Bottom line - they breach ur space they're on cam and the internet.
@BarryStevenson Thanks for the kind words, Barry. Sorry to hear about your break-in, did they come in through your garage?
Note this: There has been no evidene of hackers being able to break "rolling code" remote garage door openers.
I'd just like to say that the plastice tie wrap is not a law breaker. The handle itself will break the tie wrap with about 20 pounds of pull in an emergency situation. A criminal cannot get twenty pounds of pull using a coat hanger to try and pull the release from outside the garage. The entry point would substantially limit the capability to break the tie wrap.
"Don’t leave your garage door open" - This happens all the time in my neighborhood. My next door neighbor left his truck running in his garage and went back inside to grab something off the counter. By the time he got back his truck was pulling out of the garage driven by some opportunist. He managed to get the door open but ended up being dragged down the street some distance. This was at 6am in a very safe neighborhood. We think the perp was waiting for another neighbor to leave his house since this was his regular schedule to leave and instead decide to grab the vacant truck instead. I never would have thought this would have happened next to where I live. Now both me and my wife are in the locked car BEFORE the garage door is opened. When coming home, the garage is shut before we get out. You can never be too safe. The truck was found weeks later in a different state but the inside trashed with burn marks on the seat. It was a lot of headache for just a few seconds of vulnerability.
Keep in mind, that disabling the disconnect of the garage door opener is illegal. It is illegal to bypass a safety device, and that release is not for a power outage, but for a power outage DURING a fire. I do this for a living. I know about a dozen ways to breach that overhead door, without much noise, or drawing much attention. Do not consider a garage to be a secure area, and make sure that connecting door is substantial and locked (as I saw in the article above)
However, the connecting door, is often bypassed for an interior wall. As long as the customer is not home, all those tools stored in the garage (sledge, shovels, baseball bats, ect, will make short work of the inner wall.
Do NOT pad lock the track of the door, or use the side lock while the machine is attached. (one or the other only) the machine can and will fold the top of the door inward, as it tries to raise, it can break the plastic drive gears in the machine.
Maglocks (we install these as well) hold in static pull( face to face ) garage doors slide in tracks, and the maglock would have to be mounted in sheer (bypass) they are nowhere near as strong in sheer (that is why you slide heavy magnets apart, when you can not pull them apart) and since garage doors HAVE to HAVE some side to side motion to function correctly, mag parts would hit and throw off the cables from time to time. (this is not a user friendly fix, Though I could reset it in a minute or less)
Garage doors are about limiting access, not preventing access. If they want in in a hurry, they will simply back up to the door, reach under with a hook on a rope, tie off to the trailer hitch, and drive off with the bottom of your door. That takes seconds to do.
best tip I can give you is this: If you find your transmitter missing from your car when leaving a mall or shop, check for your registration, it has your address on it. they have a key to your place, and a map to where you live. call the cops and have them meet you at the house. they will not mind if it is a blank run, they will think you very smart. (I know, I have cops in the family) when home change your codes or call a tech to have them changed for you.
Ps.QuiescentMind3 , mag locks do NOT come with battery back-ups they are simply an electro-magnet. they can be CONTROLLED as either fail/open or fail /secure. fail /secure will be installed with a battery back-up.
Keep in mind, that disabling the disconnect of the garage door opener is illegal. It is illegal to bypass a safety device, and that release is not for a power outage, but for a power outage DURING a fire. I do this for a living. I know about a dozen ways to breach that overhead door, without much noise, or drawing much attention. Do not consider a garage to be a secure area, and make sure that connecting door is substantial and locked (as I saw in the article above) However, the connecting door, is often bypassed for an interior wall. As long as the customer is not home, all those tools stored in the garage (sledge, shovels, baseball bats, ect, will make short work of the inner wall. Do NOT pad lock the track of the door, or use the side lock while the machine is attached. (one or the other only) the machine can and will fold the top of the door inward, as it tries to raise, it can break the plastic drive gears in the machine. Maglocks (we install these as well) hold in static pull( face to face ) garage doors slide in tracks, and the maglock would have to be mounted in sheer (bypass) they are nowhere near as strong in sheer (that is why you slide heavy magnets apart, when you can not pull them apart) and since garage doors HAVE to HAVE some side to side motion to function correctly, mag parts would hit and throw off the cables from time to time. (this is not a user friendly fix, Though I could reset it in a minute or less) Garage doors are about limiting access, not preventing access. If they want in in a hurry, they will simply back up to the door, reach under with a hook on a rope, tie off to the trailer hitch, and drive off with the bottom of your door. That takes seconds to do. best tip I can give you is this: If you find your transmitter missing from your car when leaving a mall or shop, check for your registration, it has your address on it. they have a key to your place, and a map to where you live. call the cops and have them meet you at the house. they will not mind if it is a blank run, they will think you very smart. (I know, I have cops in the family) when home change your codes or call a tech to have them changed for you.
These tips are great, or, if it's possible for your home, you could install a security gate as a first line of defense. This is nice because it keeps animals and unwanted cars off your property. Very useful in my area because we have deer that eat our plants. Doing this will provide a little bit more safety before anyone could get to the garage. This website helped me: http://raybernerectors.com/?p=44
@jensmott Ma'am, i have been a deer hunter for just about as long as I could walk. I can tell you with certainty, that a deer can jump a 12 foot fence, if it feels the need to do so, A gate will limit People traffic, but will have little effect on deer.