This is a discussion on Two simple questions -- Re: garage door opener within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Hopyard With regard to hanging mirrors, I hadn't thought of it before, but I think that might be something Mrs. Hopyard would ...
Gosh I guess I am not paying as much attention as I should be when I pull in the garage? Never thought about it. But my house is 150 feet from a main thoroughfare in the country with no sidewalks or shoulders to park on. Besides my Chow Chow hears the garage door and is waiting at the kitchen door for me to come in. If someone other than me came in the door he would eat them.
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Rolling code on the homelink opener of my wife's vehicle.
My truck is outside and I bring the transmitter in with me, no homelink.
Same with my daughter's car.
I back into the garage - mainly because when there's a snow drift in front of the garage door, it's easier to pull out than back out, so it's become habit. My wife's vehicle is the one which stays in the garage (imagine that!!!), and she has also gotten into the habit of backing in. We don't go anywhere without setting the intrusion alarm.
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I'm like many Americans, I park my $30K vehicle outside so I can protect the $5K worth of crap inside the garage.
Our sub is only one street wide, woods on both sides of the street. I look everywhere as I come and go...no surprises.
We lost our Rhodesian a few months ago, and he was the 'lookout'. No one came around without him knowing. When I opened the garage door upon my arrival home, he'd open the inside door to the garage and come out to welcome me. He would always do a quick 'run-around' before coming to me. Great dog, great alarm.
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Anyway, still a good point.
Driveway lights and garage interior lights go on as I pull up, so turning off the headlights would be an ok move.
(Seldom drive at night though, so this isn't going to be a problem for me.)
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My opener is about 20 years old. I know for a fact the 'universal 'types from Lowes and Home Depot will not work with mine,although it is a major brand. One thing I encourage all to do is place motion activated flood lamps on the driveway,these help.
You don't have to get high tech to get into a garage. You can push in a little on the top and grab the cord that disconnects it from the opener with a hanger. Then give it a good yank and you're in. Look at your garage from the inside when it's closed and you'll see what I mean.
For that reason the cord on mine is tied to the angle bracket that hooks to the door. Obviously there is enough slack for it to still work properly. Some people also recommend taking the handle off the end of the cord, but if it's tied up I think that's enough.
I also don't use the remote opener unless someone is home (to hear the garage open). I lock it so that the opener doesn't work. I have a lot of valuables in my garage (at least valuable to me anyway) and it's worth the extra minute it takes me to hop out and use the code to open it.
One other thing that just came to mind is to make sure the garage closes all the way before you go in the house. A few months ago I didn't pull in all the way and the garage door came down, hit the trailer hitch on my Jeep and went back up. Luckilly I had to take the trash out later that night or I would have been screwed.
As far as someone "stealing" your garage door code to gain acess...it's no longer possible (in theory). The latest approach prevents perpetrators from recording a code and replaying it to open a garage door. Since the signal is supposed to be significantly different from that of any other garage door remote control, manufacturers claim it is impossible for someone other than the owner of the remote to open the garage. When the transmitter sends a code, it generates a new code using an encoder. The receiver, after receiving a correct code, uses the same encoder with the same original seed to generate a new code that it will accept in the future. Because there is a high probability that someone might accidentally push the open button while not in range and desynchronize the code, the transmitter and receiver generate look-a-head codes ahead of time.
So unlike the movie Gone In 60 Seconds...no one can record your code and get in. But it was still a great movie.
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Even backing into your garage requires that you are watching what you are doing with your car or truck and you cannot necessarily see the slimeball hiding behind the bush next to your garage while you are doing your maneuvers for backing in--helps a bit but that's all. Lots of lights at night and a good look around while entering your diriveway is about all you can really do besides backing in--still can be a problem
Any garage door opener can be defeated.
Maybe a remote control dead-bolt in addition to the opener.
Check if the motion detector lights in front and beside the garage are on (a red flag).
Open the garage door; lights in front of and inside the garage come on as the door opens. Mirrors are a good idea. Keep watch until the garage door closes. Have CW on your person before exiting the vehicle.
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