It’s no secret that releasing the emergency latch will help you open the garage door, but did you ever consider who else can access this? Burglars and thieves are capable of entering your home through the use of a coat hanger and the emergency latch. This technique of opening the garage door from the outside has been shown online for the intention of teaching homeowners how to get inside, if ever locked out of their homes.
As helpful as this information may be, this also allows those with not so honest intentions to use the same method and accessing the inside of someone else’s house. The technique involves a coat hanger that is straighten from the sides and then is inserted into a small open space through the garage door. If the garage door has windows, then this only makes it easier to see where the coat hanger must go to release the emergency latch. The objective is to get the hook around the rope or the actual latch on the emergency latch, and then pull back to release the latch. From there, the garage door is opened and the entry door to the house is vulnerable.
Although, there is a method that can add security against having your garage door opened by thieves and best of all, it is very inexpensive. Zip ties can be used to secure the emergency latch in place. They are strong enough to remain put and hold the latch in place when tugged at and yet weak enough to be broken when a homeowner needs to access the emergency latch. All you need to do is loop the zip tie through the hole where the rope is found on the latch and then loop it through the second hole above the emergency latch. Then you tighten the zip tie and you have just secured your garage door!
A zip tie can mean all the difference when your garage door has an emergency latch and windows. Without the zip tie, burglars have access to the latch and a view for getting to it within seconds. Help yourself out and secure your garage door by adding a zip tie to your emergency latch.
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