Here’s a summer safety tip from Plano Police Public Information Officer David Tilley, “Close garage doors to prevent crime.” That may sound like an unnecessary warning to you, but criminals don’t take a break just because it’s warm outside.
Tilley has spoken often about how removing the “opportunity” of a crime can reduce your chances of becoming a victim. For example, if you stop leaving valuables in clear view, the risk of having your car broken into drops significantly. The same thing holds true about garage doors.When doing yard work, it’s convenient to leave garage doors open... often when we are not near them. Homes with wood fences block your view of the garage. Burglars know this. They drive down alleys searching for open, unoccupied garages. It only takes a few seconds to run inside and grab something of value. You return to find things are not only missing from your garage, but valuables are missing from inside your house too.
Here are some things to consider:
(Always lock the door separating the house from the garage. A burglar can get inside your garage and shut the door to give them concealment while breaking inside the house.)
These simple precautions reduce your risk of becoming a burglary victim. Statistically, over half of all residential burglaries occur in the garage. Help the Plano Police officers fight crime...secure your garage door.