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Today’s Lesson Boys and Girls: Don’t Leave Your Garage Doors Open

It’s an easy thing to do when the weather warms up, but leaving a garage door up while working in the back yard or anytime can be a bad idea according to police.

There have been a number of reports of burglaries in many areas of the country because residents leave their garage doors open.

In a recent case, a family left the door open overnight and thieves made off with thousands of dollars worth of golf clubs and more.

The wife happened to also leave her purse in the car which had all her credit cards and personal items. The crooks who took the credit cards immediately started using them. The thieves used the cards at a Burger King, two gas stations and a K-Mart. Hundreds of dollars was racked up in charges all in under five hours.

For the crooks, it’s a way of life. That’s their business. That’s what they do. They drive around specifically for garage doors that are open.

Another homeowner recently had thieves steal more than her belongings. They also took her peace of mind. The thieves came in while her family slept, took golf clubs, a video camera and her purse. She said the thieves ran up a number of charges on the family’s credit card before she knew it was gone. The bank covered the credit card charges, but she said she was worried about what could have happened. They could have very easily taken the garage door opener, taken the keys from the vehicle and would have gotten back in the house at any time.

The lesson here is, don’t leave your garage door open.

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Thieves Use Garage Door Openers to Enter Homes

Police agencies throughout the country are saying that there is an increase in burglaries where a thief or thieves broke into cars, found garage door openers, and used those openers to steal items from inside homes.

Recently a suspect broke into a car outside a residence and stole the garage door opener out of the car. When the victim left for work, the suspect or suspects entered her house and stole several thousand dollars worth of jewelry.

The crimes sometimes begin as car burglaries. The thieves find the remote controls and then enter the victims’ homes while they are asleep.

Police say that homeowners should remember to lock the doors to their homes and not leave valuables in plain view. Also, they recommend that people either lock their garage door openers in their glove boxes or take them inside with them when they leave. They also recommend that garage doors be secured at night so that they cannot be opened from the outside.

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