Police remind residents: close garage doors
With the warm summer months come more garage doors left open at homes, and the Shawnee Police Department would like to remind residents to be cautious when leaving garage doors open.
Shawnee Police Capt. Rob Moser said residential garage doors left open account for a large percentage of access to homes during the commission of residential burglaries.
Over the past three years, there has been an annual average of 72 residential burglaries at single-family homes in Shawnee, and 25 percent of those were reported to have occurred through an open garage door.
Officers will often find garage doors inadvertently left open while on routine patrol late at night, Moser said. In these situations, officers will attempt to contact the homeowner for the purpose of safety and preservation of property.
If no contact is made, the officer will attempt to close the door and leave notification for the homeowner.
Moser encouraged residents to be mindful of these statistics and close their garage door when unattended. It is also a good idea, he said, to make one last check of your door before retiring for the night.