Is your garage door secure?

I saw this at the site of KOAT in Albuquerque:

$1 fix may secure your garage from thieves
Zip-tie fix secures garage from some threats

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —There are dozens of home burglaries every day in New Mexico.

While there are a number of ways thieves can break into homes, one of the easiest ways is through the garage door.

The automatic garage door isn’t as secure as many think. Thieves have discovered a simple solution to breaking in through the home’s largest door.

Crooks can break into the garage in six seconds using an iron hanger by targeting the safety releasing on the most common and commercialized garage doors.

There is a very simple, inexpensive way to fend off garage bandits — the zip tie. Just thread a plastic zip tie through the emergency release latch.

The zip tie should be strong enough that it would prevent a hanger from opening the garage door, but make sure you have enough strength to bust it in an emergency.

Andy Pomroy of Windsor Door Sales said it should be easy for adults to pop the zip tie in the event of an emergency.

Here is a video that shows you how to do this.

I have lots of zip ties around.  I keep some in my pack and/or suitcase when traveling, along with paracord.  Many uses.

100 12″ 50lbs black zip ties: $5.95


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  1. Kathleen10 says:

    I hope they try it. My garage is detached.

  2. Supertradmum says:

    We use to do this with plastic cords.

  3. Supertradmum says:

    We use to do this with plastic cords.

  4. pledbet424 says:

    I hope whoever invented the cable tie made a fortune off of them. He deserves it.

  5. lmgilbert says:

    A homeless man here in Portland told me recently that he and buddy used to drive through random neighborhoods with a large variety of garage door openers. There are only so many frequencies. They never had much trouble gaining entry to homes.

  6. Eric says:

    Reading the header, I was expecting a euphemism.
    Possibly about modesty.

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