Many of us do this everyday. We drive home, click a button and park our vehicles in the garage.
With another push of the button, our garage door closes and we enter the house, thinking our homes, cars, and personal safety are protected.
We are wrong.
Last week, a Realtor friend had her car stolen from her garage while she slept. Imagine the shock of waking up and walking to the garage to find your car is missing! The thieves raised her garage door and stole her car because, as busy people sometimes do, she left her purse and keys in the car.
Before you rush to judgment, the garage door was closed and she thought she was safe. We have since learned crooks can enter a closed garage door and even ACCESS YOUR HOME if you don't lock the door entering the residence. As a Realtor, I've shown hundreds of homes where the back door is left unlocked for the owner's convenience.
So, in addition to properly securing your purse and keys, you should lock the garage door as well as the access door(s) to your home.
Don't assume this happened in a crime-ridden neighborhood. It did not. It could have happened anywhere.
For safety's sake, lock ALL doors to your home, including the one that leads to your home from your garage. Since this incident happened, I've been locking mine, and I hope you do, too.