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post #1 of 10 Old 06-19-2020, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hope I'm posting this in the right place. There have been quite a few break-ins in the past few months in my neighborhood, and I have everything pretty much on lockdown when it comes to home security, I actually have a plan with a company for monitoring, and even a smart lock on the front door. But what shocked me was that a neighbor had his house broken into through the garage. And mine provides access to the house too. Do you have any tips on what I could do to amp security here?
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-19-2020, 06:14 AM
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Harden the garage entry points: windows, man door, automatic door opener. Newer automatic garage door openers have rolling security codes to prevent spoofing or code grabbing from the remote. Take the remote inside with you if parked outside. Disable the automatic garage door opener disconnect mechanism, all the thieves need is a coat hanger to trip it. Install a commercial grade 60 minute ( or more ) fire rated access door with steel frame and deadbolt and use reinforced striker plates. A determined thief will use your tools to break in, are they secured ?

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post #3 of 10 Old 06-24-2020, 08:51 AM
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I installed a switch under my garage door opener so I can shut it off.
Flip the switch towards the door, and it's on, away from the door and
it has no power.

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-30-2020, 02:17 AM
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Like CJ17-Tim said, new models of garage door openers are quite nifty when it comes to security enhancement. The rolling code technology basically makes them unhackable cause with every operation of the opener, a new code is generated, so no one can use the code again to enter. Manual disabling from the inside is indeed needed cause otherwise the garage can still be broken into, so you wouldn't actually benefit from the same amount of protection. It's not like it takes a genius either to bypass the mechanism if you don't secure it through mechanism release. If the area you live in has seen dangerous behaviors of the sort, whatever windows you have, bar them up, it's better this way. Maybe even install a camera or two for surveillance on the property to keep an eye out, just in case.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-30-2020, 05:35 AM
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One of the best deterrents (IMHO) is a "siren" system, whether something that comes with a professional alarm or one you rig up yourself. Something as simple as a clothespin contact at each window connected to a cheap siren. What you want is an ear piercing noise that will deter the burglar immediately and piss off the neighbors enough to get them to look out their windows.

If you"re not using the garage door, you can do a simple interior door bar.

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-07-2020, 01:14 AM
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Don’t you have the alarm sensors covering the garage area too?
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-03-2020, 12:29 PM
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You should be able to add tilt sensors for the garage doors to your alarm. I have them on mine as part of a smart home system, I can tell if they are up or down.
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one place I had I drilled thru the garage door into the frame on both sides, when I was away I'd put in a
lag screw on each side, bolt the door shut.

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post #9 of 10 Old 08-05-2020, 09:11 PM
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Pretty much every garage controller has a lock switch that disables the opener. And every set of door rails has a hole yo ou can drop in a padlock if you're really worried about it.

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-06-2020, 08:34 AM
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Look at the drive train mechanical disengagement actuator that you could use to open the door if needed in the event of a power outage, and then put a wire tie on it so it can't disengage without the tie being removed. It's amazingly easy to snake a coat hangar over the top of the closed door to grab and pull the disconnect cord and then lift the door up by hand.


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