Updated: Jul 7, 2021
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Tips to Defeat Cord Grab Break-ins
This release is an important safety feature for garage doors that allow for doors to be opened in a power outage. While you may be tempted, don't remove the cord.
A much better option is to install one or two plastic zip ties as shown in the picture below. With the zip-ties in place, the cord grab technique will be much more difficult. In an emergency, a sharp tug on the cord's handle will break the zip-ties and the mechanism will release as expected.
If your garage door has windows, add frost to the glass to obscure the view into your garage.
Install a lockable handle on your garage door. They are easy to install and provide peace of mind especially when out of town.