10 Garage Door Security Tips (Avoid Break-Ins)

Security Tips

  1. Don’t leave the garage door remote in your vehicle – If a thief breaks in to your car and steal the remote he has a way into your home.
  2. Invest in a keychain remote opener – Stop using that remote you clip to your visor and get a keychain remote opener that you can leave on your keys.
  3. Secure your garage door emergency release – Follow our article here and learn how easy it is throw some zip-ties on your emergency release and still retain it’s intended function.
  4. Keep it locked – Put a deadbolt on the door between your house and garage; is it really that much of an inconvenience to have to use a key each time you come home?
  5. Make sure the door from your garage into your house is as secure as your front door – Ensure you have a strong, sturdy door made out of solid-core wood or reinforced steel and install an Anti-Kick device like the Door Devil on it!
  6. Don’t leave your garage door open – It amazes me how many people in my neighborhood just leave their garage door open all the time. It’s just inviting someone to pop their heads in and grab something. Listen up America! I don’t care how safe you think your neighborhood is, good neighborhoods are the first place criminals like to drive through to case houses.
  7. Install a wide-angle peephole in the door between your house and your garage – You’ll at least be able to see what’s going on if you hear a strange noise; rather than opening the door to find out.
  8. Frost or cover your garage windows – Don’t do thieves any favors by enabling them to see when your vehicle is gone, a better idea would be to replace the door with one that lacks windows.
  9. Padlock the throw latch on your garage door when you’re out of town – If you don’t have a manual lock on your garage door, you can use a c-clamp tightened down on each side of the door track to effectively “lock” down the door. It’s similar to those small window track locks you can buy for your home interior windows.
  10. Don’t neglect maintenance on the mechanical parts of your roll-up garage door and keep an eye out for corrosion. Don’t forget the door from your garage to your house; check the frame, locks, hinges and any replaceable items.


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Auto Locksmith Security

Auto Locksmith is a locksmith that specialises in vehicle locksmith services.Automotive locksmith services usually include: car lockouts, reproduction of new keys, cutting keys by code, auto keys duplication, broken key extractions, transponder keys and fobs programming, and ignition and door lock repairs. 1 Cars produced in the UK since 1995 are legally required to be fitted with an immobiliser system. These cars require a key with an embedded electronic transponder to start the vehicle. When the key is turned in the ignition the code is read and the vehicle will only start if the correct code is received. This system was introduced to help reduce vehicle crime. If the transponder key is missing or faulty the car will not start.

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Lubricating Garage Doors Can Help Sluggish Openers and Doors (How To)

Note: If you do not feel comfortable preforming these maintenance tips yourself, feel free to call Always In Service, we do it free under new door installations and warranty. Toll-Free 877-562-5155

Garage doors, whether they are manually operated or have a garage door opener attached, need to have periodic maintenance to keep them operating efficiently. One of the most common problems with a garage door is a lack of lubrication. This is usually what causes the squeaking you hear and it can lead to breakdowns requiring a garage door repair. Fortunately, door lubrication can easily be done by the average home owner. While you are lubricating the door, inspect the door for any loose screws and tighten them as you go. Also look for any frayed or damaged cables, broken springs, misaligned track, or loose chain if the opener is chain driven. Basically, inspect all of the doors moving parts whenever you lubricate the door and replace garage door parts as necessary.

Things You Will Need

Silicone or Teflon based penetrating spray lubricant, Dry powdered graphite

Step 1:

Garage doors should be closed prior to you lubricating and inspecting the door. The first step is to inspect the track to see in there is any grease or dirt buildup. If there is wipe or vacuum away any buildup in the tracks and on the rollers and roller pins before lubricating the door. Grease combines with sand and grit to form a sludge that acts as an abrasive and can interfere with the smooth operation of the door.

Step 2:

You should never attempt to replace or adjust cables or springs. The doors springs are under a great deal of tension and this makes them dangerous to adjust. You should always call a professional if they break or you think they need adjustment. That being said, you should be able to safely lubricate them. Apply lubricant to where the cables connect to the bottom roller mount brackets. This is also a good time to check the cable for wear. Next run a line of oil along the top of the torsion spring. The oil will eventually work into the spring and help prevent corrosion and increase the life of the spring because it will reduce the rubbing of the spring against itself.

Step 3:

Lubricate the roller bearings, door hinges and pulleys with the penetrating spray. In addition, tracks should be lubricated using the same lubricant spray or powdered graphite.
Garage doors, whether they are manually operated or have a garage door opener attached, need to have periodic maintenance to keep them operating efficiently. Take a few minutes to lubricate and inspect your garage door and help prevent costly repairs.

Tips & Warnings
Contrary to popular belief, WD-40 is not a lubricant. It is great for a cleaner to remove rust, grease, and other substances but if used as a lubricant it will not last and you will have to the re-lubricate the door sooner. It is however a good “quick fix” until you can lubricate the door properly.

Always unplug an electric opener before servicing the door. The springs, cables and bottom brackets are under extreme tension and can break without notice.

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Home Security and Protection Tips

While it’s difficult to protect your home from professional thieves, most home burglaries are done by amateurs. These thieves are more easily thwarted if you employ some of these simple security precautions:

  • Plan to “burglarize” yourself. You’ll discover any weaknesses in your security system that may have previously escaped your notice.
  • Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars just walk in through an unlocked door or window.
  • Change all the locks and tumblers when you move into a new house.
  • For the most effective alarm system, conceal all wiring. A professional burglar looks for places where he or she can disconnect the security system.
  • Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you’re not at home.
  • If you have a faulty alarm that frequently goes off, get it fixed immediately and tell your neighbors that it’s been repaired. Many people ignore an alarm that goes off periodically.
  • A spring-latch lock is easy prey for burglars who are “loiding” experts. Loiding is the method of slipping a plastic credit card against the latch tongue to depress it and unlock the door. A deadbolt defies any such attack. It is only vulnerable when there is enough space between the door and its frame to allow an intruder to use power tools or a hacksaw.
  • If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately.
  • Before turning your house key over to a professional house cleaner for several hours, make sure the person is honest and reputable as well as hardworking. Check all references thoroughly. If the house cleaner is from a firm, call your local Better Business Bureau to check on the firm’s reputation.
  • Instead of keeping a spare key in a mailbox, under the doormat, or on a nail behind the garage, wrap the key in foil — or put it in a 35mm film can — and bury it where you can easily find it if you need it.
  • Don’t leave notes for service people or family members on the door. These act as a welcome mat for a burglar.
  • If the entrances to your home are dark, consider installing lighting with an infrared detector. Most thieves don’t want to be observed trying to get in a door.
  • Talk to your neighbors about any suspicious people or strange cars you notice lurking about.
  • To keep your tools from being stolen, paint the handles. Thieves avoid items that are easy to identify.
  • Trees located near windows or shrubbery that might shield a burglar from view can be major flaws in your home-protection plan. Consider your landscaping plan in light of your protection needs.
  • Ask for credentials from any sales-person who requests entry to your home. Ask that their ID be pushed under the door. Many professional burglars use this cover to check out homes. If you’re doubtful, check with the person’s office before letting him or her in.
  • Do not list your full name on your mailbox or your entry in the telephone book. Use only your initial and your last name.
  • If someone comes to your door asking to use the phone to call a mechanic or the police, keep the door locked and make the call yourself.
  • Dogs are good deterrents to burglars. Even a small, noisy dog can be effective — burglars do not like to have attention drawn to their presence. Be aware, however, that trained guard dogs do not make good pets. Obedience training and attack training are entirely different, and only the former is appropriate for a house pet.
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Shatter-proof Laminate for Windows

Laminated, Shatter proof Glass DigramTake a look at the windows on your first floor.  Would they be easy for a burglar to break as a means of gaining entrance to the house?  If so, do you have motion sensors on them that are hooked up to a central alarm system?  If you don’t, then it’s time to spend some quality time with those windows.  You can use shatterproof laminate to treat them.

It’s fairly easy for burglars to gain entrance–most of the time they just find something laying around your yard (i.e. a landscaping rock), throw it through the window, and they’re in the house.  Ok, you could just get rid of the rocks, but that’s not always practical–what if your neighbor has rocks?

If money isn’t a concern (lucky you), you can get a burglar alarm and security windows.  But if you need a more low-cost way to protect your family, try the shatterproof laminate application.  This is basically a protective sheet that you stick to your windows in order to reinforce them.  It doesn’t mess with the views, and it doesn’t cost nearly as much as getting the glass replaced.  Shatterproof laminate won’t make the windows indestructable, but it’s definitely designed to give them extra strength.  Even if a burglar breaks the window, it’s not likely he’ll be able to get into the house.

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Garage Doors Do-It-Yourself tips, tricks and maintenance guide.

NOTE: If you do not feel comfortable preforming these inspections and maintenance tips and have a Garage Door from Always In Service installed, call us for your in-warranty inspection. 877-562-5155

SAFETY NOTE: To avoid injury, it’s a good idea to let everyone in your household know that you are checking the garage door and that it is not to be opened or closed by anyone until you tell them you are finished.

The following tests and related maintenance should be performed in the following order:

Monthly visual inspection. Stand inside the garage with the garage door closed. Look over the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and mounting hardware, such as hinges, for signs of wear or damage. Look for cable wear or fraying. Is the mounting hardware becoming loose? If something doesn’t look quite right – or doesn’t sound quite right – it could be the symptom of a more serious issue. Have the garage door system inspected by a trained service technician.

Monthly door balance test. If your door is equipped with an automatic opener system: close the door and disconnect the automatic opener. Once you are able to lift the door manually: Lift the door. It should lift smoothly with little resistance and should remain fully open. If it is difficult to open or does not remain open, the door may be out of balance and should be serviced by a trained service technician.

Monthly reversing mechanism test (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system). Note: garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993, are required by federal law to be equipped with a reversing mechanism and a photo eye or edge sensor as added measures of safety to prevent entrapment. If your system does not have these features, replacement of your automatic operating system is recommended.

With the door fully open, lay a piece of wood such as a section of a 2 x 4 on the floor in the center of the garage door opening where the door would touch the floor. Push your garage door opener’s transmitter or wall button to close the door. When the door strikes the wood, the door should automatically reverse. If the door does not automatically reverse, the door should be serviced by a trained service technician.

Monthly photo eye test (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system). Note: garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993, are required by federal law to be equipped with a reversing mechanism and a photo eye or edge sensor as added measures of safety to prevent entrapment. If your system does not have these features, replacement of your automatic operating system is recommended.

With the door fully open, push your garage door opener’s transmitter or wall button to close the door. Wave a long object, such as a broomstick, in front of one of the door’s photo eyes so it “breaks the beam.” The door should reverse.

If it does not reverse and reopen, pull the broomstick out of the path of the closing door. Close the door. With the door in the closed position, clean the photo eyes with a soft, dry cloth. Gently adjust the photo eyes by hand if they appear to be out of alignment. Open the door and repeat the photo eye test. If the door does not reverse and reopen, the door should be serviced by a trained service technician.

Monthly force setting test (if your door is equipped with an automatic opener system). With the door fully open, push your garage door opener’s transmitter or wall button to close the door. As the door is closing, hold up the bottom of the door with your hands outstretched and stiff. If the door does not easily reverse and continues to close, pull your hands away immediately. The closing force is excessive and the door should be serviced by a trained service technician.

Semi-annual lubrication. Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks.

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Automatic Garage Door Openers: Add comfort to your life.

No more getting out of the car in nasty weather to open or close your garage door. Your overhead garage door opener is a motorized device that automatically opens and closes your garage door – simply press a button on your remote control from within your car.

The current market offers a variety of garage door openers. Most units rely on rolling code technology. Encoders/decoders in the transmitter and the receiver work on a rolling code that prevents burglars from recording a code and replaying it to open your garage door.

Most overhead garage door opener systems use a chain drive, belt drive, or a screw drive to operate the door. The chain drive is the noisiest. Screw drive systems are quieter than the chain drive. The rubber belt is the quietest of the main three, and has steel reinforcement similar to a tire.

Most of today’s overhead garage door openers have additional features such as a courtesy light that turns on when the door opens and automatically turns off after a preset amount of time. Optional motion sensors will turn on the light when someone enters the garage. A remote lockout feature turns off the radio receiver while you are on vacation. The optional accessories have increased such as wireless keypads and keychain remotes.

UL safety codes specify that the door must be in line-of-sight of the person operating the door for safety reasons.


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Do I need to oil or lubricate the garage door, torsion spring, or chain?

The first line of defense is to lubricate the moving parts. As shown at right, apply any light weight oil (WD40 or spray oil is easiest) to all rollers and hinges at least once a year. There are end hinges which hold the rollers in the track, as well as center hinges which pivot as the door moves. Lubricate all pivot points.

Garage door springs should be coated about once every season. Allow the oil to drip down and coat the cables on the sides of the garage door.

While lubricating, you should also check the garage door hardware parts. With repeated use, the hardware on the garage door wil tend to loosen over time. If you notice any loose screws, bolts, or nuts, tighten them so hardware parts won’t fall out of adjustment.

To prevent binding, the tracks should be properly aligned to guide the garage door rollers. If one or both of the tracks needs adjustment, loosen the mounting bolt(s) and use a hammer and a wood block to persuade it in the proper direction. Once the track is realigned, re-tighten the bolt.


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What maintenance does will my garage door need after installation?

The better you maintain and clean your garage door, the longer it will last. The best way to get the most out of your garage door is to maintain it regularly and, when you notice a problem, to address it immediately before further damage can occur.

You can begin by simply cleaning your garage doors with a mild detergent using a soft car brush four times a year. Some people remember to clean their doors whenever they wash their car. Washing your garage doors regularly will reduce the build up of corrosive elements. Avoid using any abrasive cleaners or corrosive chemicals on or around your garage doors. In Chicago’s winter, it is tempting to salt your driveway. However, you should avoid using salt to melt snow near the garage door as it may corrode the door elements / hardware.

Wooden garage doors should be cleaned and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Generally, they recommend you paint them initially on both the inside and outside and repaint the exterior surface every year or two. If you finish only the outside of a garage door, the door may warp due to moisture infiltration.


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10 Reason why you should download your Garage Door Opener’s Manual

Easily Accessible When You Need It.
It is surprising how few people keep the original Garage Door Opener Owners Manual that came with their operator.
May Only be Available for a Limited Time.
The older your operator becomes, the more difficult it is to find the correct manual. You may not be able to find one anywhere.
Troubleshooting Guide.
You can solve a number of problems by referring to the owners manuals’ troubleshooting guide. You may be able to solve your problems without calling for help.
Illustrated Parts List.
Helps you identify parts when you reed replacements.
Programming Instructions.
Your owners manual contains programming instructions for your remote, control panel, and keyless or wireless/keyless keypad.
Maintenance Guide.
Manufacturer’s recommended monthly maintenance can extend the life of your garage door opener.
Opening force, closing force: How do you make these adjustments so they do not become a danger to children, pets, and others. The door will not open if opening force is set too low (could be problems with the door itself). If closing force is not set high enough your door will not close. If set too high you could be responsible for someone getting hurt.
Installation Instructions.
I often get inquiries from visitors that seem to have misplaced their installation guide even before they have installed their garage door opener. Others may have acquire a unit which for some reason did not include the installation manual.
Needed Tools for Installation.
Show and tell for the tools you will need to install your operator.
Warranty Information.
Your garage door opener owners manual ends with a copy of the units warranty. It tells how long the motor is covered by manufacturers warranty. How long are parts covered by warranty? It’s in the manual.

Always In Service Garage Doors always gives the costumer a copy of the opener’s manual and warranty information. If you lost it, simply email us feedback@alwaysinservice.com and we’ll get the garage door opener manual to you.


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