The 6-Second Break-In | Garage Opening

This is an updated article on the 6-second break-in. Our first article was several years ago, and we will continue to update this article with even more ways to prevent this garage door vulnerability as they emerge.

There are extra vulnerabilities those of us with garage doors have to consider for security. Garage door break-ins are easy and can be done without leaving any sign of entry. They can be broken into so easily, it can take a home intruder only 6 seconds to release the garage door. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to bolster security in the garage, and we’ll list them out below.

The 6-Second Break-In

One of the quickest ways for a burglar or intruder to gain entry to your home is the 6-second break-in. This technique to gain entry to a garage is pretty simple. You apply pressure to the center top of the door from the outside. Most doors will easily bow in, allowing you to fish a hanger in to hook the garage door release trigger.

Once this string is pulled, the door can easily be lifted. Manufacturers include this release mechanism so that people can easily escape their homes in the event of an emergency. This is, of course, a double-edged sword since people can use the same release to open the door from the outside.

String Cutting Prevention

One of the easiest ways to prevent the 6-second break-in is to cut the cord and handle that dangles down from the release latch. It is much harder for an intruder to hook the actual release latch than the string with the handle.

If that isn’t secure enough for you, place an easily cuttable or breakable zip tie on the release latch and let everyone know to cut it in case of an emergency.

Manual Lock Prevention

Manual locks are tedious but are a very good solution to keeping garage doors closed. You have to be inside the garage to close a manual lock, which limits when it can protect against intruders. If these are engaged on a door, an intruder would have to bash the door in to gain entry. Make sure you use long screws to install them to ensure that they are rock solid: Prime Line Garage Door Deadlock.

Prime Line Garage Door Deadbolt

Garage Shield Prevention

Garage Shield offers an option to help prevent garage door break-ins by blocking the release with an actual ‘shield.’ The shield blocks the line of sight and the path the coat hanger uses to grab the string.

This fix costs some money, obviously, but allows you to still utilize the emergency release latch in the event of an emergency.

The Garage Shield

Automated Power Lock Prevention

Power locks are pricey, but they can accomplish what manual locks accomplish without the hassle or limitations. When the opener they are paired with is activated, the locks activate to make sure your garage door is that much more protected.

Some of the newer garage door openers are being sold with these included since manufacturers recognize the vulnerability. Here is the power lock for one major brand:

The Final Word

Whether you are a suburbanite with a garage door opener, an apartment dweller without a garage, or a homesteader with a manual lift garage – you never know when this information can come in handy. Protect your house and everything you’ve earned.

Here are some other prepper security articles our readers have found helpful:

Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.

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The 6-Second Break-In Garage Opening

Rusty Collins

I am an engineer, Air Force veteran, emergency manager, husband, dad, and experienced prepper. I developed emergency and disaster plans around the globe and responded to many attacks and accidents as a HAZMAT technician. I have been exposed to deadly chemical agents, responded to biological incidents, and dealt with natural disasters. Check out my full story here: Rusty's Story

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