According to Consumer Affairs, car break-ins are on the rise. The car itself, though, usually isn’t stolen. The prize the thieves are often after is the garage door remote control. With the remote control in their possession, there’s no need to smash a house window or kick open the door. Garage door remote control theft has increased in the past few years. Find out what you can do to prevent your remote from falling in the wrong hands.
How to Prevent Garage Door Remote Control Theft
Most car owners clip their garage door remote on the car’s visor or leave it in the glove compartment. Speaking of the glove compartment, this is also where most people store their car registration forms, which contain their home address. Once a thief has your remote and address, your home becomes an inviting target.
Unless your car is parked in your garage, never leave the remote on the visor or anywhere inside the car for that matter. Treat the remote as your house or car keys and take it with you before exiting the car.
What to Do If the Remote Is Stolen
Disable your remote the minute it’s stolen. Most garage doors manufactured after 1993 use a rolling code. This means the transmission code is changed after each use. There should be a green, red, or yellow button located on the motor housing of the garage door opener. Pressing and holding the button for several seconds should deprogram every remote control.
The remote and keypad will then need to be reprogrammed. The instructions for doing so are in the garage door opener’s user manual. If you no longer have the manual or would rather not mess with the components, then contact a garage door installation company.
We’ll Disable and Reprogram Your Garage Door Opener
Give National Door a call in the event someone snags your remote. Our garage door repair team will immediately disable every remote, rendering the stolen one useless. Garage door remote control theft is on the rise; don’t make your home an easy target by leaving the remote in the car.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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