When retiring for the evening, make sure the garage door is closed, and lock the interior door leading to the garage. Close your garage door while cutting the grass or doing other yard work. If you notice a neighbor’s garage door open for long periods with no outdoor activity, let them know. Make sure the garage door is completely closed before driving off, walking away or closing the interior door.
If you leave an automatic garage-door opener in the car, keep it out of sight, and always lock car doors. Use the “lock” and “unlock” safety feature on the wall-mounted switch. Place items of greater value farther from the garage door; and when leaving the garage open for a pet, make sure it is not high enough for a thief to slide under.
If you have information that could help detectives solve these cases, report tips to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or www. cmpd.org.