Friday, April 20, 2012

Heating Up: Open Garage Door Burglaries

As the weather begins to get warmer and people start leaving their garage doors open for extended periods of time, we are seeing an increase in the number of garage door burglaries in our neighborhoods.

So far during 2012, the Overland Park Police Department has taken 15 reports where items such as alcohol, sporting goods, electronics, purses and wallets were taken from vehicles or areas inside open garages. In the past, thieves have also stolen parked vehicles, although none have been reported yet this year.

When residents leave their garage doors up, it’s an open invitation to burglars. It takes only a matter of minutes for a criminal driving down the street, to stop, enter the garage or house, and take whatever they can carry out.Since open garage doors attract burglars, we suggest you make a habit of closing them when unattended. Never leave the doors open when there are no cars inside because a burglar could assume there’s a good chance no one is home.