Can a Thief Open Your Garage Door?

Your safety is vitally important. The items you store in your garage are significant and valuable.

Unfortunately, people come up with new ways to break the law all of the time. Overhead Door has been around for nearly 100 years and has some preventative measures. There are ways that a thief can open your garage door. But with our help, you can stay one step ahead of anyone trying to invade your space.

Keep these tips in mind to help prevent a thief from getting into your garage or home:

  • Always lock the door that goes into your home with a deadbolt.
  • Change the code on your keypad regularly.
  • Always make sure your garage door is not open. So many people forget to close their garage doors. Make it a nightly routine to make sure the garage door is closed and the door is locked to get into the home.
  • Do not forget to perform regular maintenance on your garage door.
  • Replace old doors with new and reliable systems. An old garage door can leave you vulnerable.
  • Be sure your garage door opener is not set to factory settings.
  • Never leave your garage door opener in your car outside of the home. You might think that it is hidden, but thieves seem to know all of the good hiding places.
  • Lock the release lever. On some garage door openers, you can use a plastic cable tie or some thin wire to tie the lever to the carriage assembly it is attached to.
  • Consider blacking out your garage windows when you are out of town. You do not want thieves to know when you are home or not.

NOTE: Have you heard about the “coat hanger trick”? There is a trick out there that is commonly refereed to as the “coat hanger trick” to break into your house. Avoid this by disabling the emergency release lever from your garage door when you are out of town. You can also remove the emergency release cord. The cord is used when you need to trip the lever. It is also something relatively easy to grab onto from outside using a hanger. There are obviously pros and cons to doing this. Think it over before making the release unavailable completely.

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