Garage door openers used in burglaries

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By AJ Vicens

Garage door openers in cars parked outside homes have been used in a spate of recent home burglaries, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

The trend has become more prevalent since the beginning of November.

The suspects' method is to find an unlocked car parked on the street and use the garage door opener inside the car to open the home's garage. Once inside, suspects enter cars parked inside the garage, where they steal wallets, purses, small electronic devices, and paperwork. At least three vehicles were also stolen from garages.

Neighborhoods that were hit hardest in November were:

• airway Vista

• Ken Caryl Ranch North Plains

• Wingate South

• Stony Creek

• Columbine Knolls South

The sheriff's office is urging residents to keep all doors and windows closed and locked, including those on vehicles — especially those parked on the street. Be sure to lock house and garage doors and windows, and consider taking the garage door opener inside the house when you return home, rather than leaving it in the car.