Regina police are warning homeowners to take a look at their security as break-ins to garages and sheds appear to be on the rise.
So far this year there have been 491 reported break and enters into garages and sheds around Regina, which is 27 more than this time last year.
Les Parker, who speaks on behalf of Regina Police Service, said thieves are gaining access to garages in many different ways.
“They might be able to bust open the door if it’s weak or there’s not enough security on the lock, or they can use a garage door opener if they have access to one in a vehicle,” he commented.
Parker didn’t have exact numbers, but noted break-ins using garage door openers from stolen vehicles are only a fraction of the cases police see.
Parker advised people to look at their homes strategically like a thief who’s trying to gain access in order to try to prevent their home from becoming a target.
“Sort of look at the less-secure parts and shore those up, I mean it might require another lock, maybe some lighting, an alarm if that’s economically feasible,” Parker said.
In addition to beefing up locks and lighting, he said people should also remember to lock the door inside the garage leading into the house.
“That adds another access with a whole bunch of other items that somebody who is looking to gain from – they may want those items as well and they may gain access to your home,” Parker noted.
He added houses with detached garages tend to be easier targets for thieves.
Parker said police suspect some cases may be linked, but each break-in is investigated separately.