New device opening garage doors to thieves

LOXAHATCHEE GROVES, Fla. - A warning to homeowners.

Thieves are finding a smarter way to get into your home and it's as easy as pushing a button.

The days of securing your home are getting trickier.

Thieves are now using new garage door openers to break in.

Guillermo Taboada checks to make sure his garage door is secure.

"We locked it before we go to bed every night," said Taboada.

This after neighbors living on Calamondin Blvd. in Loxahatchee Groves, complained that someone, possibly burglars, is using a remote controlled device to open garage doors.

Neighbors took to Facebook to warn others.

"That would worry me a lot," he said.

"They can sit outside, wait for you to use your frequency, hijack it and be able to open up your garage," said tech expert Craig Agranoff.

He said these remote controlled devices are easy to get.

"A 14-year-old, can go on eBay right now with a few dollars and buy a device," he said.

Arganoff said older garage door models, such as those made in early 2000's, are an easy target.

"If your device still has those pins, you are susceptible to getting hacked. A simple Mattel toy can get turned into a garage door opener within a matter of minutes."

He said to even be weary of garage door opener apps, the latest home security craze.

Technology that's supposed to help keep you safer, but Guillermo will remain cautious.

"Everyday they come out with something new," he said.

Experts said If you have a model with an automatic feature, disable it.

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