A garage door remote is a convenient tool — you don’t have to park and get out of your vehicle before pulling into the garage.
In bad weather and when you’re in a rush, this efficient process helps you avoid discomfort and save time. With a click of a button, the automatic lift gate is activated and lets you inside.
But did you know this handy tool could potentially be a security risk if it’s stolen?
It’s a Real Safety Threat
Many homeowners don’t think twice about pinning their automatic garage door remote opener to their sun visor and leaving it there, conveniently available for when they’re pulling back into their driveway and they need it.
But this is just like leaving a key to your house in plain sight on your dashboard. If burglars break into your car and take the remote, they can also open the glove box and check your car’s registration to see where you live.
Immediately De-Program Remotes and Shut Off the System
If your garage door remote is stolen, return home and immediately de-program all other remotes. Depending on the opener model you own, you may be able to press one button and wipe the system’s memory. You should also turn off the automatic system until you have new remotes programmed and ready to use. Just pull the emergency lever and you will be able to open and close your garage door manually.
If you don’t have a deadbolt lock on the inside of your garage doors, it’s a good idea to get one for an extra layer of security.
Purchase and Program New Remotes
Replace your stolen remote and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on reprogramming each device. Make sure you purchase a model that is compatible with your system and that’s recommended by the manufacturer.
Future Prevention Tips
Don’t invite thieves and burglars into your car then your home — keep the garage door remote with you at all times. If possible, get a remote that can fit on your keychain so you won’t forget to take it out of your car with you.
Also, make sure the door between your garage and the inside of your house is always locked with a deadbolt. This will help prevent burglars from entering your home if they gain access to your garage.
Do you need help reprogramming your automatic garage door opener remote? Do you have any other issues with your garage door opening system you aren’t sure how to resolve on your own?
Overhead Door Company is here for you. Contact us today to set up a service appointment, and ensure your home maintains the highest level of security.