Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, September 24, 2012

Open Garage Doors Invite Thieves into Homes

Under Investigation: Don't leave the door open to thieves! 

Boise, Sept. 24, 2012 - Boise Police are investigating two recent cases of theft; in both cases the suspect entered the home through open garage doors. Not only was the garage door open to the outside, but the door leading from the garage into the home was also open, alowing the thief to leave with purses and a computer.

What Happened: Boise Police have been called to two separate cases, both late last week (Sept. 20th & 21st) and both in a West Boise neighborhood. Both occurred between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. In both cases, the suspect(s) entered the garage through the open door, passing vehicles parked inside the garage, and entered the home. In each case, the thief took a purse; one that was left on a shelf in a mud room just inside the garage and the other taken from a dining area several steps inside the home. A lap top computer that was on the dining table was also taken. In both cases, people were home at the time of the burglary. Neither confronted a suspect. despite the similarities, it's unknown at this time if the cases are connected.

"It's definitely bold and honestly very concerning that the thief walked right by cars parked in the garage, indicating someone could be home, and went right inside the house. Officers are investigating, but this is an important reminder that what may begin as a property crime, a crime of opportunity through an unlocked door, could turn into a confrontation and become something dangerous," said Det. Wade Spain of the Boise Police Property Crimes Unit.

"We want to remind everyone that an open door can become an invitation to a thief, regardless of the time of day, the neighborhood, and even if you're home." said Det. Spain.

Crime Prevention Reminders: 

  • Open garage doors are invitations to thieves to steal items including tools, bikes, even cars left running in a driveway.
  • Lock it or lose it. Keep doors and windows locked and valuables out of sight.
  • Keep lights on at night and cut back landscaping to avoid hidden doors, windows or entryways that could give a thief cover.

For more important crime prevention information, go to /crime-prevention/

Crime Stoppers: Boise Police urge anyone with information on who may be behind the home burglaries to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.