Some homeowners in Virginia Beach, VA, got a shock on Wednesday, Feb. 4, evening when they returned home and found that their houses had been broken into and burglarized.
In the Hunt Club Forest neighborhood, one homeowner, Matt Daugherty, reported several personal items stolen, including his watches, cash, and his wife’s jewelry.
When Daugherty returned home from work around 4 p.m., he saw that the burglar or burglars had pried open the side door of his garage and kicked in a door that led from the garage to the kitchen. He called the police, only to discover later on that other homes in the neighborhood had also been burglarized that day.
Laura Patrick, a neighbor, was among those. Her home was broken into after a thief or thieves kicked in the back door.
“The fact that they came in and took what little we had is really frustrating,” Patrick said to local reporters at 13News Now.
Other neighbors told reporters that the items taken were all things could easily be carried by a person or persons. The culprit or culprits passed over larger items or valuables that would be more difficult to sell.
The break-ins are thought to have occurred between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day, while most area residents were at work.
“My recommendation to homeowners is to upgrade your garage door openers to one of the newer models with the MyQ and Posi-Lock technologies,” says Jim Null, Owner, Durbin Garage Doors LLC. “These features will not only help prevent unwanted access through your garage, but will also notify you when the garage door is used while you are away. It’s also important that you never leave your garage door clickers inside your vehicle, especially when parked outside the garage, and keep the doors locked at all times. Beyond that, I encourage homeowners to consider home security systems, which are also a valuable investment for protecting against theft while you’re away.”
This isn’t the first time recently that thieves have gotten creative in entering home garages. Just last month in Fishers, IN, a burglary suspect was caught rolling under cracked garage doors as homeowners warmed up their cars before work.
Officials in the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in Reno, NV, have warned area residents to keep their garage door openers out of sight from burglars, who can steal them to gain access to homes.
“Any recreational equipment of very high value can be taken in a matter of moments,” said Sgt. Ralph Caldwell. “Sometimes the homeowners are completely unaware until the next morning.”
Residents in all areas are reminded to keep their garage doors secured and locked, even while they are home.