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Garage Burglary Prevention


One very common form of home burglary is from open garage doors or garage doors that are accessed using a stolen garage door opener. Most homeowners fail to realize that many thieves drive around looking for open garage doors from which they can help themselves to the contents.

Always keep your garage door closed, even if you are only away from the garage for a few minutes.  Many people think they don't have to worry about thieves in their neighborhood because it’s a safe neighborhood, but that’s exactly where thieves go to steal. 

Ensure the door leading from the garage into your home is also has a locking mechanism and use it. 

Don’t leave the garage remote attached to the visor in your vehicle.  Either lock the remote in a secure place such as the glove box or invest in a remote you can attach to your key ring.  

Keep the vehicle registration and any other documents which shows your address in a locked compart-ment in your vehicle.  

Frost or cover your garage windows – Don’t do thieves any favors by enabling them to see when your vehicle is gone, a better idea would be to replace the door with one that lacks windows.

Padlock the throw latch on your garage door when you’re out of town – If you don’t have a manual lock on your garage door, you can use a c-clamp tightened down on each side of the door track to effectively “lock” down the door.

Homeowners who often forget to shut their garage door should consider purchasing an "open garage door indicator" that alerts them when the garage door has been left open. Also, some garage door manu-facturers have an automatic system that recognizes when a garage door has been left open and will close it after a specified period of time.

If you utilize a GPS, consider using a code word to identify “HOME”, that way thieves can’t break into your car and learn your address while you are not home. 

Record serial numbers and take pictures of tools and other items of value kept in your garage, so if they are stolen, they will be easier for the police to identify.

Start a Neighborhood Watch in your community. When citizens take positive steps by learning how to report suspicious activities around their homes, they are helping themselves as well as their neighbors.

Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 if they feel uncomfortable about any situation occurring in their neighborhood.


The OPD Neighborhood Services Unit provides crime information at (402) 444-5772 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .