It may be tempting to leave your garage door open when the weather is nice and you’re spending time outside. But thieves are quick and can steal valuable equipment, bicycles and other property in a matter of minutes. They also can access the inside of your home if the door leading from the garage to the interior of your house isn’t locked.


In an effort to keep homes and neighborhoods secure, the police department is offering these five tips to residents:

1- Always keep all doors, including your garage door and rear slider, closed and locked.

2- Ensure that the door leading from your garage to the interior of your home also is locked.

3- Keep valuables in an unexpected place, in case a thief makes it inside. For example, don’t keep your most valuable jewelry in your jewelry box. Burglars want to get in and out quick, so don’t make it easy for them to find your valuable or sentimental items.

4- Always lock your vehicles and remove valuable property. Even if your garage door is closed, a garage door opener in an unlocked car is like a key to your home!

5- Always report suspicious activity in your neighborhood by calling 911 or non-emergency 410-313-2200.

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