Garage door opener thefts prompt security concerns

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BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — The rumble of a garage door opening woke up a Beaverton family early Wednesday morning after a burglar ripped the garage door opener from the car in their driveway. 

Fortunately the criminal fled and no one was hurt, but when police arrived, they discovered a neighbor’s garage door was also open. Now neighbors in that Sexton Mountain neighborhood are looking out for each other.

“I want to be more vigilant,” neighbor Marj Mountainsong said. “I want to make sure my house is secure.”

A K-9 officer tried to track down the suspect, but was unsuccessful. 

The convenience of a garage door opening is something that’s easy to take for granted and while many people still keep them in their cars, police say that’s not a good idea.

Fortunately, new technology has provided several options to keep garage doors more secure at night or when residents are on vacation. 

“Updating their technology is a big thing these days,” said Trevor Nix, who runs his family’s Tigard garage door business.

Most newer cars have integrated garage door switches you can program, meaning the garage door can’t be opened unless the car is started.

Most newer garage door openers also have lock out switches that you can flip to increase safety at night. 

There are even phone apps that can open most modern garage doors from anywhere at any time. 

If you do have an old fashioned opener, the visor is a bad place to keep it. The best move is to at least put it out of sight. 

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