BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Broomfield are on a mission to help keep homeowners from getting ripped off. Investigators believe 70 percent of all home burglary cases, the thieves get in through an open garage door.
“The open garage doors… yeah, it’s a daily occurrence,” said Broomfield Police Officer Larry Ottosen.READ MORE: Colorado's Delayed Severe Weather Season Finally Ramps Up This Weekend
Ottosen cruised the neighborhoods looking for one very specific problem– open garage doors.
“They’ve got some stuff in there that would be easy pickens for a burglar,” said Ottosen.
Ottosen said open garages are an invitation to thieves looking for an opportunity to steal from the garage and gain access to the home.
“Ours is open a lot but my husband is usually out there,” said Broomfield resident Kim, who didn’t want to give her last name.READ MORE: Fire Heavily Damages Home In Forested Area Of Sedalia
Ottosen will find an open garage door and alert the residents.
“I was just driving through the neighborhood and noticed your garage door was open. We’ve been experiencing a number of burglaries,” said Ottosen. “It only takes a few seconds.”
Police said 20 seconds id enough time to grab a bicycle or tools. Ottosen knows first hand what it’s like to be a victim of theft from a crime of opportunity.
“I went to mow my lawn and I thought my wife had moved my lawn mower on me and it turns out one of us had left the garage door open and someone had helped themselves to my lawnmower,” said Ottosen.MORE NEWS: After Small Planes Collided Over Denver Area, Woman Saw Damaged Aircraft Coming Down And 'Just Ran'
Ottosen said it’s not illegal to leave garage doors open, it’s unwise.