JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- A spike in garage burglaries over the past few months has the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office warning the community to be more aware.
In a two-day span this past week, three apartment complexes had numerous garage burglaries, and officials hope it doesn’t become a trend.
“Just be aware this happened. We don’t know if we’re seeing a trend yet or not, but it certainly has our attention and it’s concerning,” sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.
The thefts at the detached garages are unique, Techmeyer said, because the burglars are using one garage to rob multiple people.
“Our suspects are making entry into one garage door, getting in there, closing the door behind them and literally kicking the dry wall down between each garage so they are making entry in multiple garages,” Techmeyer said.
The sheriff’s office said these are crimes of opportunity can easily be avoided. And whether you live at an apartment or house, this time of the year is a good time for a reminder.
“Let’s get to the basics -- close your garage door,” Techmeyer said. “If you close your garage door and lock your garage doors, you are reducing the chance of becoming a burglary victim by a huge amount.”
Jeremy Car has lived in Littleton for four years. His family is growing, and so is their awareness.
“To leave our garage door open for two hours has never been an issue, so it’s kind of eye-opening. We probably won’t be doing that anymore,” Car said.
The sheriff’s office said the community can work together to help reduce the amount of burglaries. And Car’s neighborhood is making a point to be part of the solution and not the problem.
“Kind of a neighborhood watch thing,” he said. “We had that conversation this morning that we should start looking out for this kind of stuff. We will be watching from now on. As much as we can anyway.”
Three simple reminders from the sheriff’s office: Keep your garage door closed and locked, lock the door between your garage and home, and don’t leave your garage remote in visible places in your car.
It added that 70 percent of home burglaries come from burglars entering the home through an open garage door.