Stolen Garage Door Remote? Here’s What You Need to Do Next.
As a homeowner, the safety and security of your property is of utmost importance. One of the most vulnerable areas of your home is the garage, where you store your vehicles and other valuable possessions. When your garage opener remote is stolen, it can leave you feeling vulnerable and uncertain about the safety of your belongings. In this article, we’ll explore the steps you should take to protect your garage and your property when your remote is lost or stolen.
Understanding the Risks of a Stolen Garage Remote
When a thief gains access to your garage opener remote, they have the ability to easily enter your garage and steal your belongings. In addition to the loss of valuables, the thief may also be able to access the rest of your home through the garage, putting your family at risk.
To minimize the risk of theft, it’s important to take immediate action as soon as you discover that your remote is missing.
What’s the First Thing You Should Do When You Garage Opener Remote is Stolen?
The first thing you should do any time you’re the victim of a crime is to contact the relevant authorities. Contact the police to report your crime. Depending on what else was stolen, you may need to contact your insurance company to file a claim. Act quickly. Waiting to file a report or contact your insurance company could lead to delays with your claim or may hurt your chances of resolving the problem.
Changing the Codes on Your Garage Opener
After contacting the police to report your crime, the next step is to reprogram your garage opener system and cancel the remote. This will prevent anyone with the stolen remote from being able to gain access to your garage. To change the codes on your garage opener, you’ll need to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or consult a professional technician.
How Do I Reprogram My Garage Opener Remote?
The reprogramming process varies from one type of garage opener to the next, so check the instructions in your garage opener manual before doing this yourself. If you can’t figure out how to reprogram your automatic garage door opener, contact your garage door contractor for help.
Learn to Operate Your Garage Door Manually
While you are waiting on a replacement for your stolen garage door remote, you may need to operate your garage door remote manually. Make sure you follow safety guidelines when doing this, as a garage door in need of maintenance can be tougher to operate manually. Click here for more information on how to operate a garage door manually.
Prevent Theft In the Future
Protect yourself from future thefts! Keep your garage opener remote with you when you park the car for the night, or when you’re leaving your car in a parking lot. Never leave your remote out in the open in your vehicle where it can be seen. If you do leave your remote in the vehicle for any reason, put it someplace it can’t be seen. Placing the remote in the open can encourage thefts or break-ins.
Protect Yourself! Install a New Smart Garage Door Opener
One of the best ways to protect your garage and your property is by investing in a smart garage opener. These devices allow you to control your garage remotely using your smartphone or tablet, and can be programmed to send alerts if anyone tries to access your garage without your permission.
The new OHD Anywhere™ smart garage door controller is a great solution. This controller is compatible with most garage door openers and allows you to operate up to three garage doors from your Apple or Android smartphone via the OHD Anywhere™ mobile app. To check if your garage door opener is compatible, check out this useful compatibility guide and contact us today to get your garage upgraded and never keep track of a garage door remote again.
In addition, many smart garage openers have additional security features such as two-factor authentication and encrypted transmissions, which can help to prevent unauthorized access.
Securing the Perimeter of Your Garage
In addition to changing the codes on your garage opener and investing in a smart device, it’s also important to secure the perimeter of your garage. This can be achieved by installing a sturdy lock on the garage door and adding a security system that includes motion sensors and surveillance cameras.
Protecting Your Garage When Your Garage Door Remote is Stolen
When your garage opener remote is stolen, it’s important to take immediate action to protect your garage and your property. By changing the codes on your garage opener, investing in a smart device, and securing the perimeter of your garage, you can minimize the risk of theft and ensure the safety of your belongings.
Are you ready to replace your garage door opener? Contact Overhead Door Company of Wilmington to get a quote and schedule an appointment.