Posted: May 01, 2014 9:32 AM EDTUpdated: May 01, 2014 9:40 AM EDT
VIDEO AT THE SOURCE: http://www.wfsb.com/story/25401255/simple-zip-ties-can-prevent-crooks-from-opening-garage-doors
However, experts said there is an inexpensive way homeowners could protect themselves.
The video was called 6-second break-in. It showed how easy it was to manipulate an electric garage door with an untwisted hangar.
“Going through the top of the garage door panel, tripping the release mechanism,” said Steve Roberts, owner of A-1 Overhead Doors in Colchester.
Eyewitness News teamed up with Roberts to learn more.
Connecticut averages nearly 15,000 home burglaries a year, but Roberts said there’s a way to secure garage doors.
Roberts called it a “simple, pretty inexpensive item you can basically get at any home hardware store.”
For just under $5, homeowners could buy heavy duty plastic zip ties.
“So, we’re going to loop this through the hole, and another hole up above so we’ll feed the wire tie through another hole,” Roberts explained to Eyewitness News.
“The wires are secure, and take a pair of snips and cut the excess off,” he added. “It makes it completely secure, so you shouldn’t be able to disengage it, but with enough strength, you can open the door if there’s a fire, or in case something happened.”
Roberts said in an emergency, homeowners could break the zip tie.
“Now I can open the door,” Roberts said. “Very inexpensive fix to make your door secure.”
He recommended the method to homeowners.
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