It’s a beautiful summer night in Seattle, and you’re planning a relaxing evening at home in the backyard wit your family and friends. You just finished up cleaning things in the garage, and after all, what will it hurt to leave the garage door open for a while until the kids get home form their bike ride?
It doesn’t really sound like a big deal, leaving your garage door open for a little bit? But to the bad guys who are driving through your neighborhood seeking out “targets of opportunity”, it’s an open invitation to help themselves to your tools, bikes, camping gear, and other items you store in the garage.
Criminals know that this time of year when unsupervised and open garage doors can be found in every neighborhood. As a matter of fact, the bad guys are counting on you to give them less than two minutes inside your garage so they can victimize yet another unsuspecting family. According to police, this concern is city wide and not restricted to any particular area.
Homeowners are often willing to let a small amount of convenience get in the way of being mindful of the safety of our family and property. Every summer, police departments around the country receive reports of people who leave their cars unlocked in their open garages. After just a few minutes when they return to their car, things have been stolen off the seat and out of the center console.
While much of the theft from cars and garages is small items that are often easily replaced, when we are a victim, it still makes us feel violated and no one wants a stranger inside their home. Always remember to keep your garage door closed all year long. If you don’t, the message you are sending to criminals, “An open garage, equals an open invitation.”