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Debunking the Garage Door Opener Myth

Debunking the Garage Door Opener Myth

Making sure your home is as secure as possible can help keep your family safe and even lower the risk of a claim being made against your home insurance. California residents may have heard how criminals with a stolen garage door remote control can use it to open random garage doors. Is this rumor a myth, or a serious threat to your home security?

Remote controlled garage door openers have been around for a remarkably long time and were originally built using technology invented and used during World War Two. The original remote garage door openers would be a huge home security nightmare if they were used today, because they quite often opened your neighbor’s garage door as well as your own.

The next generation of garage openers was set up with one of 256 different codes. This was the time the story of criminals driving around and clicking at garage doors until they found one that opened was accurate.

Typically, the modern generation of garage openers is built using a rolling code technology. This means every time the remote is used it generates a new code out of millions of potential codes.

Keep in mind that leaving your remote in your car while it’s parked in your driveway places it at a high risk of being stolen and potentially used to gain access to your home. Security experts recommend unplugging your garage door and securing it with a key while you’re on vacation. This may lower the risk of a burglary related claim being made on your home insurance in California upon your return home.



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