SPRINGFIELD, MO (04/18/17) - Every day, approximately 5,000 to 8,000 garages are broken into in the U.S. Normally taking about 15 seconds for someone to break into your home and invade your privacy.
Spring has hit and so has the burglars in Springfield.
“A lot of times people are home and are inside or in the backyard working on their lawn and people get in and out really quickly," says public affairs officer Lisa Cox.
Safewise.com reports that nearly three out of every ten burglaries somebody is home at the time.
Last year, almost 600 reported garage thefts took place in Springfield. And this past month, a spike of garage thefts swept through The Queen City.
Cox says, “A wide variety of different types of garage break ins. People just in the area seeing a garage door open and no one around they’ll see maybe hunting equipment or tools or anything like that. They’ll get in and get out and get back out on their way.”
Other instances, Cox says people leave their garage doors open with their car just sitting there ready to be broken into or stolen.
But how do you prevent the unfortunate? Cox says lock your doors and windows to your garages. And treat your garage opener as if it were your house keys.
“Take that garage door opener inside with you as well just like you would your home keys," says Cox.
And one more thing people normally don’t think to do is make sure you have a good inventory, like the serial number, of your valuables.
“Keep those serial numbers in a safe place," says Cox. "Because that’s really how our detectives do their job to get that property back to the victim.”
30 percent of all burglars enter through a cracked garage door or window so making sure keeping them closed, locked, and alarmed even when your home is key.