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My Garage Door Opener Remote Was Stolen. What Should I Do?

Stolen Garage Door Remote? Here’s What You Need to Do Next.  

You never thought this could happen to you, but it has; your garage opener remote was stolen. Now that it’s gone, you’re wondering if your home and garage are safe. Don’t panic! You can take action to keep your belongings secure and members of your household safe. In fact, taking swift action can help protect you now and into the future. 

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. 


Reprogramming a garage door opener

Deprogram Your Garage Opener Remote 

After contacting the police to report your crime, the next step is to reprogram your garage opener system and cancel the remote. You’ll need to get a new remote to open your door, so speak to your garage door contractor or check online to find a remote that functions with your garage opener. 

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 

An even better way to protect yourself from this type of theft in the future is to install a new smart garage door opener that can be activated from your smartphone or with voice controls. 

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.


Front of home with a Thermacore windload overhead garage door

Are you ready to replace your garage door opener? Contact Overhead Door Company of Wilmington to get a quote and schedule an appointment. 

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