An Unlocked Car = An Unlocked Garage = An Unlocked Home
It's that time of year when it's easy to forget to close the garage door, and crimes associated with these open doors have started again. In one incident (with an attached garage) the offender also entered the residence - while the homeowners were home in bed! Now that's scary!
You may recall that numerous incidents like this also happened in 2014 in many parts of Lake County. In some of those cases, an offender(s) entered unlocked vehicles and used the garage door opener that was in the vehicle to gain access to the garage. (Unfortunately, Vernon Hills was not immune.)
These crimes should still serve as a notice to everyone the importance of taking basic security steps. That is, keep your garage door closed and keep your vehicle locked with all valuables out of sight.
Now, what if only the contents of the garage are targeted? Well, technically walking into an open garage and stealing something is considered burglary. However, regardless of the legalese, it’s an intrusion and a crime. So, it’s always a great idea to keep your overhead garage door closed when you’re not in the immediate area.
Summer and warm weather present an easy opportunity for thieves to steal items out of an open and/or unlocked garage. While even small and inexpensive items can be grabbed, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a refrigerator in the garage might contain a very sought-after – beer. An unlocked car parked inside a garage is also a potential target.
Check Them Both!
Please, double-check both your car and garage door before you turn in. Does your garage have a service door? Many garages do, especially those that are detached from the home. If the answer is yes, keep it locked also.