Your garage door, your security!!

Posted 12/7/2016

So many times, we see that home owner are victimes of crime, when they leave the garage door open or think they closed the garage door, but not. It do not take that long for the garage door to close, pull out and wait in the drive way the 10-15 seconds it take for the garage door to close.

Also when people leave the remotes in their vehicle, in plain view. That's an invetation for thieves to gain easy access to your home and your values.

The hollydays are here, so be carefull.

Here some samples:

Stolen garage-door openers used in Anchorage burglaries, police say

When Katelyn Sweeney woke up just before 7 a.m. Nov. 16 to the sound of footsteps downstairs in her two-story Southport home, she knew something was wrong.

"I knew someone was inside the house," Sweeney said. "I looked outside the house for a vehicle — there was no vehicle, but I could see my vehicle was open."

The home's garage door was also open, according to Sweeney.

Because the house was being remodeled, Sweeney said, the closest weapon at hand on the second floor was a crowbar, which she picked up. The home's security alarm also began to sound during the break-in.

"I called 911, running down the stairs and yelling for them to get out of the house," Sweeney said. "I heard footsteps and the garage door close."

On the advice of a Anchorage Police Department dispatcher, Sweeney locked herself in a bathroom and waited for police to respond. She said officers arrived within minutes — from another nearby burglary call.

In that call, about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, the homeowner told police he was drinking coffee when he heard his garage door opening, APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said.

"He grabbed his laser-sighted firearm with him to go check out what was in the garage and found his garage door completely opened," Castro wrote in an email. "There was a dark-colored Toyota truck parked in his driveway that was running. The complainant stated when he pointed his laser from his gun towards the truck it sped away."

Police said that in both incidents, garage-door openers taken from vehicles outside were used to gain access to the homes.

"The suspect vehicle in (Sweeney's) case, a green Toyota Tacoma, matched the description of the suspect vehicle that was involved in the burglary that had been reported about a half-hour prior," Castro wrote.

Castro said police then received a report at 8:20 a.m. that day that the Tacoma had been spotted near Huffman Road. When police tried to stop it at the Holiday gas station on Huffman, the truck was driven away headed east, but not before an officer noted that it had been fitted with a stolen license plate.

The description of the vehicle matches a Tacoma pickup that Linnaea Ward-Develice, a supervisor at the coffeehouse in Anchorage's South restaurant, said was one of two Toyotas stolen this month from her parents' Turnagain home.

Their black FJ Cruiser with a white roof was taken overnight Nov. 6 before anybody woke up. Two days later, their green Toyota Tacoma four-door pickup was also taken from the home.

Ward-Develice said her mother, Jean Ward, reported the Tacoma's theft. According to Castro, Ward told police she stepped outside with a gun after seeing a sedan parked behind the truck at about 6:20 a.m. on Nov. 8.

"Ward stated she saw two white males in their late 20s wearing dark clothes," Castro wrote. "Ward stated she yelled at them and pointed the gun at them. Ward stated one got in the sedan and the other jumped into the truck and left."

Castro said it wasn't clear whether the Tacoma stolen in Turnagain was the vehicle used in Wednesday's burglaries.


Police: Car burglarized inside garage after garage door was left open

OKLAHOMA CITY – Authorities in Oklahoma City are searching for a man accused of burglarizing a vehicle that was parked inside a garage.

On Nov. 16, officers were called to a home in the 14600 block of Salem Creek Rd. after a homeowner told dispatchers that someone burgarlized his vehicle.

According to the police report, the victim said he was in the garage and opened the garage door but had to go back inside the house for something.

About 30 minutes later, he went back to the garage and noticed that his car door was open.

When he looked inside, he noticed that a tray with loose change was missing.

According to the report, he checked his surveillance cameras and spotted a man in his 20s or 30s walk up his driveway and into his garage.


Garage remote stolen from car, used in Richland burglary

A garage door remote control was stolen from an unlocked car in Kennewick and used to burglarize a home in Richland.

A 2001 Lexus was parked at a restaurant on Gage Street when a thief opened the door and stole cash, the vehicle registration and a garage door remote, said Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb.

At 7:50 p.m. on Friday, the victim received a notice through a phone app about his garage door opening while he wasn’t home. He returned to his house in the 400 block of Satus Street in Richland to see the garage door open again, and a man walking out.

The suspect told the victim he was “grabbing something from a friend’s house,” said Cobb. The victim didn’t want to confront the suspect and called 911.

The suspect took $5 found in the bedroom and drove away in a black 2016 Hyundai Elantra, parked near the victim’s home.

The burglary remains under investigation.

“We would appreciate it if people would start locking up their cars,” said Cobb.

Anyone with information about the burglary or vehicle prowl is asked to call the Richland police at 509-942-7360.