Recognizing a potential crime risk and taking action may help you reduce your chances of becoming a victim. Open garage doors, for example, allow opportunity for someone to steal things from inside the garage or enter in the door that leads into your house. Current favorite items to steal include sports equipment such as golf clubs and bags, bicycles, power tools, radar detectors, car stereos, cell phones and laptop computers.
One way for you to protect yourself and your property is to make your house, and specifically your garage, less attractive to thieves. Look at the following suggestions that may help to reduce your chances of becoming a victim:
For manually operated and electric garage doors:
- Develop a nightly routine, perhaps at bedtime, of checking whether your garage door is down and locked. Remind your children to close the door.
- At the same time lock the door leading from the garage into your house.
- Close and lock the garage door when not in use. There have been instances where thieves have entered the garage while homeowners have been working in the back yard.
- Take your keys and valuables out of your car while parked in the garage.
Special considerations for electric garage doors:
- Some electric doors can re-open when they hit an obstruction such as ice or snow, rake handles or toys. Ensure the door stays down when you enter the house or drive away.
- Make sure your door opener frequency has not been left at the factory preset position. This helps prevent any thief from randomly opening the door using a remote opener.
The Olathe Police Department is dedicated to helping protect you from crime. If you would like a free security survey performed at your house please contact the Community Outreach Unit at the Olathe Police Department, 971-7500. Make a conscious, active role in protecting yourself.