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Mystery garage door opener disruption solved

Police investigated reports of malfunctioning garage door openers. Police investigated reports of malfunctioning garage door openers.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police have been responding to reports of garage door opener disrupts that may be more of a phenomenon than a crime.

I-Neighborhoods is an online chat website that allows people in specific areas to talk about neighborhood coming and goings. One Ardsley Park online conversation caused quite a conundrum about garages and door openers.

Several people are concerned their doors weren't working all of a sudden called police. Residents thought maybe someone was driving through the neighborhoods with a special device trying to break in to homes.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police said in all of the door reports - nothing had been taken from the homes.

One caller suggested to WTOC that it wasn't thieves, but that smart meters are interfering with the garage door frequencies.

Smart meters are devices Georgia Power has been installing at homes that enables meters to be read remotely instead of having someone physically record the meter. But those smart meter devices run on a frequency.

Georgia Power told WTOC that garage doors work on a much lower frequency than smart meters 600 MHz lower.  

What about towers in the area? Low and behold, a brand-new tower near Derst Bakery on Hopkins Street. Both Fort Stewart & Hunter Army Airfield started broadcasting on the brand-new tower earlier this month. 

They use a designated signal of 380-399 MHz and have been since 2004. Now this new tower is helping pump that signal in the city. Local military officials told WTOC that is what appears to be causing all the garage door issues.

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