A recent news story told of a family who parked their car at the airport. Like everyone else in the world, they left their garage door opener in their car. Thieves broke into the car, took the garage door opener and checked the registration for the address. They came to the house, opened the garage door, and entered the door to the house, where they took whatever they wanted, including their other car because the keys were laying on the kitchen counter.
I don’t know if this is true or not because it doesn’t say they stole the car from the airport, just the garage door opener. That just seems like lazy thievery to me.
On the other hand, what thief would want the hassle of paying for airport parking on both the car that brought him there AND the car he stole? And what if the victims had been gone for an extended trip? If their stuff was anything like our stuff, the parking fee would cost waaaaay more than the sum of everything they own. Pretty sure they could only fence it at Goodwill. And Goodwill would probably charge them to haul it all away.
And I’m not sure I believe that the keys to their other car were just laying there on the kitchen counter. I mean, really. Who does that? They’d be in someone’s purse, or on their bedroom dresser, or forgotten in the security tub at the airport.
But there’s a lesson to be learned here. A simple precaution you could take so this never happens to you … Never buy a house with a garage.
How else can we outwit the bad guys?