10 Home Security and Garage Door Safety Tips

The best defense to protect a home’s valuables is a comprehensive offense.

Like urban legends, some news stories appear to jump from television station to television station, or one social media channel to the next—never dying but living on to be repeated another day. Recently, a handful of different stations featured stories that explored the possibility of home burglaries, offering viewers tips on how to avoid a break-in.

Each report included the use of zip ties, a plastic device used to fasten things together, to disable the manual release latch—the mechanism with a cord that hangs down from the track inside the garage—a feature on automatic garage door openers.

The manual release feature, also known as the emergency release, is required to be operable and tested for all residential garage door operators to UL 325, the American National Standard for Garage Door Operators. Additionally, compliance with the entrapment protection requirements of UL 325 is required under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 1990. Tampering with, modifying or defeating this release could result in the device not functioning properly during an emergency.

Inserting a zip tie to secure the manual release latch makes it difficult to disengage the automatic garage door opener when this feature is needed most, for example, to free someone or something trapped between the door and the floor if other protection measures don’t work, and to release the door in case of power outage. The release mechanism is tested and required to be able to be released with 50 lbs. of force or less.

The UL 325 Standard requires that all residential garage door operators have an inherent entrapment protection system, plus a secondary device, most commonly a photo-electric eye, to stop and reverse the door if an obstruction is in its path. The photoelectric eye is usually installed near the track or the garage door about six inches from the floor.

Despite all the recent media attention, of the 2 million home burglaries reported in the U.S. each year, only 9 percent occurred in the garage and of those only a very small number can be attributed to garage door opener tampering. Many burglars enter the home through a door or window with kicking in the door being the most common form of entry. The best defense to protect a home’s valuables is a comprehensive offense.

Home Security and Garage Door Safety Tips

  1. Check with your garage door opener dealer or retailer to see what other safety or security features are available for your specific brand or automatic door model. In some cases, an automatic lock may be available.
  2. Check to see if you can change your garage-door opener code. While most newer operators have more advanced and secure remote controls, some still come with factory-set codes that can be changed, but most people neglect to do so.
  3. Always lock the entry door between the garage and your house. This simple but often overlooked step might thwart a break-in.
  4. Lock all doors and windows in your garage.
  5. Arm your home or premises security system every time you leave and at night, while sleeping. Also, place two security signs, one in front of the house and one in the back, to help deter burglary attempts.
  6. Do not leave valuables such as bicycles, tools, equipment, etc. in a place that is visible to observers when the garage door is open.
  7. Join and participate in a neighborhood watch program. Report any suspicious or unusual activity to the police.
  8. Keep your car door locked, even when it is parked in the garage, and keep the garage door opener concealed/out of sight.
  9. Use a frosted glass coating, if possible, on all garage windows to make it more difficult for criminals to see inside.
  10. Enable “vacation mode” if your garage door operator has this feature when leaving home for an extended period, which prevents remote controls from activating the door.

Original Article Here: 10 Home Security and Garage Door Safety Tips

Related Article Here: Top 10 Garage Door Security Tips to Prevent Break-Ins

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16 Ways to Prevent Burglary While You’re Away on Vacation

In June 2010, the travel industry and vacationers alike were considerably shaken when Royal Caribbean Cruise Vacation Planner Bethsaida Sandoval was arrested for furnishing her husband with home addresses and itineraries of people booked on Royal Caribbean cruises which the pair then used to burglarize the cruisers’ homes while they were at sea. This case sounds as if it was straight out of a Hollywood movie, but in actuality, burglars often employ advanced methods in the plying of their craft, such as gauging a home’s occupancy by leaving a take-out menu on the door to see how long it takes for it to be removed and casing neighborhoods to learn residents’ routines.

 

The week or two leading up to your vacation is a hectic time of planning and preparation. There’s laundry to finish, packing to do, household bills that must be paid before you leave, making arrangements for your pets and so on. Whether you’re embarking on a weekend getaway or two weeks in Tahiti, one essential task to include in your pre-departure routine is securing your home. Here are a few tips to make your home less attractive to thieves:

 

Enlist outside help

 

  • Leave a key to your house with a relative or trusted friend or neighbor so that they can check on things while you’re gone. They can also bring in your mail and newspapers in lieu of stopping them, pick up delivered packages or flyers left at your door, and put out the garbage if necessary. If you don’t park your car in your garage or don’t have a garage, it can be a good idea to leave them the key to your car in the event it needs to be moved. Provide them with your itinerary and emergency contact information as well.
  • Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway or in front your house periodically to give the appearance of activity at the home.
  • In some towns you can notify the police department that you’re going away and officers will drive by your home periodically during their regular patrols.
  • Don’t allow your lawn to become overgrown while you’re out of town as this will also advertise your absence. If you’re traveling during the winter, arrange to have your walkway and driveway shoveled if it should snow while you’re away.

 

Make a few simple tweaks around the house

 

  • Leave window treatments such as curtains and blinds in their normal everyday positions. Any sudden changes can raise a red flag to anyone regularly canvassing the neighborhood.
  • Use automatic light-switch timers on several lights around the house and on a radio to make your home seem lived-in.
  • Don’t leave garage door openers in vehicles that will be parked outside while you’re gone. For detailed garage security tips click here.
  • Before leaving your home, physically check that each and every window and door is closed and locked, including the door that leads from the garage into your house, basement windows, second-floor windows and balcony entrances. According to the FBI, while indeed 59.7 percent of burglaries involved forcible entry, 33.9 percent were unlawful entries without force. In other words, the thief walked right in through a door that was left unlocked or slipped through an open or unlatched window.
  • If you have any sliding glass doors, screw three pan-head sheet metal screws into the top track above the door to prevent the door from being lifted off the track. Additionally, wedge a metal or wooden rod into the floor track when the door is closed and locked to prevent the door from being pried open.
  • Place a stop order on your mail and newspaper delivery because nothing screams “We’re out of town” louder than piled up newspapers on your front steps and a mailbox that’s busting at the seams.

 

Don’t let technology and social media betray you

 

  • Never modify your answering machine message to reflect the fact that you’re on vacation.
  • Don’t announce your upcoming travel plans on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and refrain from posting “live from” updates during your trip making it crystal clear to anyone paying attention that you’re away.
  • If you have a land line, lower your telephone ringer volume and set your voicemail to pick up on the first or second ring so as not to signify that no one is home to answer the phone.
  • Use caution when discussing impending travel plans in public places such as restaurants or your local supermarket. You never know who may be listening. On that note, your children—especially teenagers—should exercise discretion as well regarding family travel plans. A good deal of petty theft and vandalism is committed by teenagers, some of whom may go to school with yours.
  • According to reports, many of the homes burglarized by Sandoval and her husband were equipped with alarm systems that were simply not turned on. If you have an alarm system, use it!
  • If you have a smartphone, there are apps and home security technologies available that let you monitor your home from afar.

 

Original Article Here: 16 Ways to Prevent Burglary While You’re Away on Vacation

Related Article Here: Keep Your Home Safe on Vacation: 9 Essential Tips

 

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