Close garage doors, lock sheds, and lock vehicles

Posted at 9:30 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 13:14:28-04

BOISE — The Boise Police Department says it has received multiple reports of items stolen from January through April, but they aren't necessarily targeted crimes.

"Growing up in the area, it's always been safe. You know, Idaho's been safe, but you still have to have some common sense," said Danny Sarceda.

"Seeing things stolen from, you know, tools that are inside the garage to maybe a fire arm that's inside the vehicle to car parts," said Ed Fritz, Crime prevention supervisor.

The crimes happened during both daytime and night hours throughout Boise. Police say one of the easiest ways to put your home in danger is leaving your garage open, which can give access to the inside of your house.

"That person has access inside our house to many other things that are in there from, you know, other valuables to even loved ones sometimes," said Fritz.

"Especially if you have an attached garage--I've learned that if you leave that open, people can also get in through the side door in your house and you don't think to lock that door," said Sarceda.

BPD says it's always good to watch out for your neighbors as well. If you see their garage open, let them know.

During the warmer months, more people are getting outside to do outdoor activities and if your car is unlocked in the parking lot, that leaves someone the opportunity to get inside and steal your belongings.

Fritz says these areas have been targeted specifically. If you have to store anything in your vehicle, make sure you store it out of sight.

"You play a factor over your safety, over your property, and you can reduce your chances of being a victim of a crime by affecting that opportunity for somebody else," said Fritz.

BPD says to make sure and secure your pet door as well, keep exterior lights on, frost or cover your garage windows, and keep your keypad secure.