How old is your garage door opener? I know mine is over 15 years old. If you have one that is that old, older or even 10 years old, it can give thief's an easy entry point to get into your house. They can even park in your garage and shut the door. No one will see them rob you blind. It really is not hard to do this. A laptop computer and some software is all that is necessary to gain access. The brands may be different, but the insides are the same. The garage door openers made 10 or 15 years ago were made to last. There are a whole lot still in use by people today.
To get the code for your specific garage door can be done with software that anyone can have access to just by downloading it from the Internet. You have no way of knowing if your door was opened while you were not home unless a neighbor happens to see it. If you are home when it opens, most people will think one of their kids or spouse is coming in. It could be a person or persons that you do not want in your house.
You would never know who it was. There are steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe. Garages that are part of the house usually have a door to access the house. Keep this door locked at all times. Especially when on vacation and when everybody is at work during the day. Do not let your garage door remote opener be taken from your car. All the thief has to do is take it, look at your insurance or registration information in the glove compartment to get your address and then go on a shopping spree, Inside your house while you are at work. You could also replace the dinosaur remote opener with a newer one.
It will have a better set of security features on it, like code scrambling. You can tell if your remote is old. It will have little plastic sliders inside that are numbered. If you have an old garage door opener, think about upgrading. How much longer is that old one going to last anyway. It will be safer for you and your family to. They are not hard to put in yourself and do not cost that much. It is really easy if there is already one installed. If you decide to replace it, you may be overwhelmed by the variety of choices. Just ask the guy or girl in the department and they should be able to tell you what you will need. If you like the one you have and do not want to get rid of it, there is something else to look for on your old garage door opener. A few older models may have a setting whereby the remote will not work. You will have to push the button in the garage to get the door open. If yours does not have this. Just disconnect the door from the opener track. This is very easy to do. Usually all it takes is pulling on a rope to disengage it. Then lock the garage door. There you have it. You can spend a little money for a new one or take steps and keep the old one. Just do not do nothing. Keep your family safe and the contents of your home safe.
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