Top 10 Garage Door Security Tips to Prevent Break-Ins

by November 24, 2010 11/24/10
Garage Door Robber

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.

Top 10

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Red Cell

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.

Notes

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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johnmeto
johnmeto

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.


HaveBeenThere
HaveBeenThere

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.    



Bob SSP
Bob SSP

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...........

Bob SSP
Bob SSP

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

Bob SSP
Bob SSP

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

bryanpblack
bryanpblack moderator

@Bob SSP Thanks for all your comments Bob, your perspective is much appreciated.

Bob SSP
Bob SSP

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.  

FredSummers
FredSummers

I like the advice of putting a deadbolt on the inside garage door and making sure its locked. Growing up I always wondered why we didn't lock it. I would also say that you should change the keypad code. We kept ours super simple and I knew it could have been a security problem. http://jcgaragedoorcenter.com 

Jim Sanders
Jim Sanders

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.

quintrent13
quintrent13

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.

Al
Al

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.



tired of this life
tired of this life

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, 

OKNoll
OKNoll

@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!

Al
Al

@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.


Good luck.

Moonpiegirl
Moonpiegirl

@tired of this life

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!!!! 

laceyrockwell83
laceyrockwell83

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.

norasantos101
norasantos101

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.

no_rip_off_spamming
no_rip_off_spamming

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.


See 

LiftMaster 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

Jon
Jon

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.

OKNoll
OKNoll

@no_rip_off_spamming ErikWestesen is a spammer indeed!

azquestion
azquestion

?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

Been there been thru it
Been there been thru it

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
BarryStevenson

great ideas in this article, just were broken into last night.

bryanpblack
bryanpblack moderator

@BarryStevenson Thanks for the kind words, Barry. Sorry to hear about your break-in, did they come in through your garage?

leguerrajr
leguerrajr

Showed the article to the wife...firearm purchase...APPROVED!

Westerly
Westerly

Note this:  There has been no evidene of hackers being able to break "rolling code" remote garage door openers.

Westerly
Westerly

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. 

lensgrabber
lensgrabber

"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. 

no one special
no one special

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. 

no one special
no one special

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.

jensmott
jensmott

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

no one special
no one special

@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.

QuiescentMind3
QuiescentMind3

Has anyone considered adding a maglock to their large garage door? They're pretty simple to install. Just a little pricey. A quick google search showed about $250-$275 for a 1200lb system. So it would take someone lifting with over 1200lbs of force to get past the magnetic lock, IF it is installed correctly. They generally have 24-48hr battery back ups for when the power goes out. Just program that in to release when the garage door code is entered, could even be coupled in with an alarm.

QuiescentMind3
QuiescentMind3

Has anyone considered adding a maglock to their large garage door? They're pretty simple to install. Just a little pricey. A quick google search showed about $250-$275 for a 1200lb system. So it would take someone lifting with over 1200lbs of force to get past the magnetic lock, IF it is installed correctly. They generally have 24-48hr battery back ups for when the power goes out. Just program that in to release when the garage door code is entered, could even be coupled in with an alarm.

Marry
Marry

Today when I was in my house and had to go to the garage for something, I noticed a strange thing, both the garage doors were open and the parking lights of the car were on. No signs of a stranger though.Any suggestions of how that could happen if there was no person involved.

JDK
JDK

Could not agree with you more John, simple & secure. We have been using that method for over 20 years now. Although tonight I was replacing the battery in the remote & opened the garage door by mistake and one of the rollers was forced out of the rail as it tried to get past the padlock, door didn't open though.

John
John

I drilled a hole in the track of my garage door and put a pad lock on it. Problem solved

Betty
Betty

Buy a baby monitor ! Put one in the garage & one in your bed room or where ever you sleep. I have been doing this for years & it works. you can hear what ever is going on in your garage. Now they have the new ones out that you can see inside. Check at the local walmart or other department stores they may have them & can explain to you how they work. Good luck

Ed
Ed

Yes. Anything which produces radio frequency could POSSIBLY trigger your door openers. From a lightning strike to a passing police car radio. Unusual but not impossible.

SaL
SaL

their has to be some better way to make sure my Garage will be safe when Im in my home at night? Im looking for some way to setup something like with a speaker to make them Run very fast that I would be able to hear from my house! please help me maybe there's something I could buy at home depot that I could do on my own?

Kevin Hildebrandt
Kevin Hildebrandt

I can't agree with this list more! Number ten especially, I work with garage doors and I can't tell you how many are not taken care of or improperly installed and are little more then an inconvenience for criminals. If you have a problem with the biggest way into your home consult a pro to fix it.

Sally
Sally

I'm trying to understand how someone could open the garage door by disengaging the manual opener. I don't have a handle on the inside or the outside of the garage door. could someone still open the garage door? I can't even open it. When we bought the house there was a key access by the front door but we never found a key for it, we followed the wire to the door opener but still don't know why someone would put their car in the garage and then go around to the front door to close the door and then go in the house.???strange

Jim
Jim

It seems that the best answer to garage door security is to dispense with electronic openers altogether. They're great convenience items, but many of us grew up without them and somehow survived. I'd have to opt for security over convenience if I had to choose. Use a heavy duty, commercial grade, secure steel door and put the car in the garage at night. The main drawback is a little weather exposure now and then.

Denis
Denis

one more thing I would like too add! forget about Genie and chamberlains garage door security efforts! the hacker's are laughing at them, there is strong and factual evidence all over the internet that the Hacker have hacked all of the Garage door security systems of genie and chamberlain have come up with. go to Google and type in Garage door security hacking and you will see just how serious this matter is! Garage door security hacking should be considered a national security threat.

Ian
Ian

Are you reallly suggesting somebody kick in their garage door for the sake of research? They could just get an alarm.

RK
RK

I installed key pad locks on the door between the garage and the interior. Most people I know don't like to install or use locks because they forget their keys and get locked out or are in just too much of a hurry. Keypad locks provide me with a way to leave the door locked at all times and I never have to worry about lockouts. If I'm going in and out I can elect to put the door in an unlocked position, but even if I forget entering the code isn't a big deal. With the Schlage locks (and I assume others) you can also use their option to link it to an online system where I can control the lock with my phone if needed (let someone in without ever sharing the code or create a temporary code for someone). I can also automate the locking mechanism on a schedule so at certain hours the door will lock automatically if I ever forget to re-engage the lock. A little too much technology to rely on for security so I still check the lock regularly but it adds a little security and a little convenience. http://consumer.schlage.com/Products/Pages/category-landing.aspx?category=Electronic+Keypad+Locks

RK
RK

I installed key pad locks on the door between the garage and the interior. Most people I know don't like to install or use locks because they forget their keys and get locked out or are in just too much of a hurry. Keypad locks provide me with a way to leave the door locked at all times and I never have to worry about lockouts. If I'm going in and out I can elect to put the door in an unlocked position, but even if I forget entering the code isn't a big deal. With the Schlage locks (and I assume others) you can also use their option to link it to an online system where I can control the lock with my phone if needed (let someone in without ever sharing the code or create a temporary code for someone). I can also automate the locking mechanism on a schedule so at certain hours the door will lock automatically if I ever forget to re-engage the lock. A little too much technology to rely on for security so I still check the lock regularly but it adds a little security and a little convenience.

http://consumer.schlage.com/Products/Pages/category-landing.aspx?category=Electronic+Keypad+Locks

tracy
tracy

How can i secure my garage since the homelink is programmed in my car and my car sometimes sits outside? Anyone could break into the car and open the garage door. Is there any way to secure it?

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