In many homes, garages have become more of a bonus room than a place to store vehicles. Cars are then parked in the driveway or street posing a particular hazard to the security of your home.
The hazard? The common clicker.
Dan Postma, Commercial Sales Manager at Pioneer Door, reports that one of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is keeping their garage door remote in an unlocked car. With this lack of foresight, the remote is easily accessible to would-be burglars or perpetrators. Leaving your car unlocked overnight may seem like a minor act of carelessness, but with a remote inside, the entire home becomes vulnerable.
Postma recommends that whenever a remote control comes up missing, the memory in the garage door opener should be erased and reprogrammed for the new remote, ensuring the missing remote can no longer be used to open the door.
Prevention, of course, is the best measure.
Being certain to lock car doors before going into the house is a start. Even better, though, is taking the remote inside, just as you would your keys or wallet.
Are you leaving your home’s security up to chance? Such risks are unnecessary. Be sure your garage door remote control is under your control, and not someone else’s.
Sara Kennedy is a special education teacher in the Anchorage School District. She likes to swim, bike and run around Alaska, and camp and fish with her family. To reach Sara, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.