Hypothetical scenario: You park your car on a Bernal Heights street with a shiny set of your house keys tucked beneath the visor or stashed in the glovebox.
Sound insane? Completely daft? Does that hypothetical scenario generate a visceral sense of foreboding and anxiety?
Good! It should! Because it’s totally nuts! After all, we all know that if someone broke into your car, they would also get your house keys. And once they have your your house keys, they can also rob your house. Obviously.
Yet that’s also why it’s a very bad idea to leave a remote garage door opener in your parked car. Neighbor Miranda writes:
I just want to have the people of Bernal know that my home on Gates and Powhattan was almost robbed this week. The would-be thieves pried my roommates back window of his truck open and stole the garage door opener. That is all they took. They didn’t “smash and grab”, they had a mission to invade our home. They tested the opener at about 3am — the door opened then closed. They then returned about 2 hours later and opened the garage again. My roommate who heard it the first time was still up, he came out with a flash light and they took off in a red hatchback.
This seems like a whole new way to break in. Just stealing garage door openers from cars that no one is likely to miss until its too late.
Exactly! It’s a trend, even.
Just yesterday Bernalwood received this alert from Capt. Tim Falvey from the SFPD’s Ingleside Station:
I don’t know if you saw our newsletter’s crime alert, but we had a couple of auto boostings in the Precita Park area where the suspect used the garage door opener to access the garage. The suspect then entered the garage and stole the victim’s bicycle. The same thing just happened on the 100 block of Elsie over the weekend. Please advise people that they should be mindful of garage doors opening at unusual hours. People shouldn’t leave their house keys in the car (registration paperwork has the address), and the garage door opener is as good as a key.
Captain Tim Falvey
So there you have it. Remove the damn garage door opener from your street-parked car, and have a pleasant tomorrow.