June 24, 2014

News Release

For Immediate Release

Garage burglaries trending upward

One common form of burglary during the summer months is entering open garage doors, and the Springfield Police Department has been noticing an increase in this type of criminal behavior.
“What we’ve been seeing are people forgetting to close their garage doors overnight or choosing to leave them open while being inside or in their back yard,” said Sgt. David Meyer of the SPD's Property Crimes Unit. “Many assume that their belongings are safe since they are at home, but it only takes a few seconds to steal items from an open garage and take off.”
These actions are offering thieves easy access inside garages where valuables, home or car keys or even garage door openers may be attainable. The SPD advises people to keep their garages closed, even if they are only away for a few minutes and believe their neighborhood is safe.
More tips from the SPD for preventing garage burglaries:

For more information about crime prevention, visit www.springfieldmo.gov/spd.
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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
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