If your existing garage door opener was made before 1999, we highly recommend an upgrade to a newer model. Older units have been discontinued by most manufacturers making parts expensive & difficult to find. Today our motors come standard with safety features like rolling code technology. With every press of the button on your remote control, a new code is selected from billions of combinations preventing others from copying and using your frequency. New openers such as the Legacy, Odyssey, & Destiny also come with wall stations that have a “Vacation Switch” lock that disables all remote access when activated, protecting your home even when you’re away.
If a new motor doesn’t fit into your budget right now, you can still achieve better garage door security with these simple steps:
- Don’t leave your garage door remote out in the open. If you keep remotes in your car at night, put them in the glove compartment or center console to make them less visible to passersby.
- If your garage is attached to your home, lock all interior doors leading into the house.
- Never leave your keys in the car even if it’s parked in the garage.
- Don’t forget the garage door when you’re locking up at night. Most overhead doors have a locking mechanism. A simple interior slide lock or exterior keyed lock can be purchased through a local garage door service provider.
- When leaving for extended periods of time, always remember to lock the garage door & set the vacation lock switch on your wall station. You could also unplug the garage door opener.
- Never leave your garage door open when you’re not around. This gives everyone visual access to anything valuable that might be stored inside.
- When buying a new garage door, consider a solid door without windows. If you prefer having daylight in the garage, ask for the windows to be installed in the top section to make the inside less visible. You can also frost your existing windows.
- Never give out the security code to your exterior wireless keypad. If you do have to share it with someone, such as a service provider, be sure to clear out the old code & reprogram the keypad with a new one.
- Illuminate the exterior of your garage with a spotlight or motion sensing light.
- Invest in an alarm system for the garage.