Don’t leave your garage door opener visible in your vehicle. (Wikimedia)

Twenty-eight Surrey garages broken into during December

Unseasonable activity a reminder not to leave your garage door opener visible in your vehicle

According to Surrey RCMP, there was an unusual uptick in garage break-ins during December.

Twenty-eight Surrey garages were broken into, and nine of those incidents occurred in Cloverdale.

According to Surrey RCMP, garage break-ins usually spike during the summer months, as residents are more likely to leave their garage doors open and unsecured in hot weather.

An uptick in the winter months could point to another cause: unsecured garage door openers left in vehicles.

A garage door opener left visible in a vehicle is a target for potential thieves, as it means they can break into the vehicle and open the garage door. They can also gain access to the home if the door leading into the residence is left unsecured.

“We recommend that people keep their garage door openers out of sight,” said Surrey RCMP Corporal Scotty Schumann. “If possible, it would be great to bring them inside with you.”

Schumann also noted that there is a manual lock on garage doors that can be used to prevent break-ins.

Surrey RCMP provide additional home security tips regarding garages on their website, including:

  • Ensure your garage door closely tightly
  • Select garage door openers that use a “rolling code system” in order to prevent code grabbing
  • Install a deadbolt on the door leading from the garage into your home

For more, visit

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Fatal crash on Highway 17 in Delta

Footage from the scene shows a mangled white truck that appears to have slammed into a barrier

Risk of thunderstorm this afternoon for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

A special weather statement calls for heavy rain and wind over the next 48 hours

One man dead after crash at Highway 10 and 152 Street in Surrey

Pedestrian hit by two vehicles: Surrey RCMP

Replica totem pole to be raised at Peace Arch Park

‘Reconciliation ceremony’ will include SFN leaders, provincial politicians

Tour de Valley stops in White Rock

White Rock RCMP Const. Carly Godlien raised more than $20,000

Fashion Fridays: Rock some animal print

Kim XO, lets you in on the latest fall fashion trends on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Legal society poster seeks complainants against two cops on Downtown Eastside

Pivot Legal Society became aware of allegations made against the officers after a video circulated

Jury to deliberate in case of Calgary man accused of murdering woman

Curtis Healy could be convicted of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter

House arrest for man who abused disabled B.C. woman, then blamed her

‘Groomed complainant’ and ‘violated position of trust,’ judge says

Liberals want to know what Canadians think of legalized weed

The federal government will comb social media for Canadians’ pot-related behaviour

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen boasts of aiding Mueller investigation

Cohen could provide information on whether Trump’s campaign co-ordinated with Russians

Landslide forces evacuations of Philippine villages

More than 1,200 people in villages near the landslide-hit area were forcibly moved by authorities

Students asked about the positive effects of residential schools

Alberta’s education minister apologized after hearing about the online social studies course

Permit to give B.C. deer birth control on hold until consultation with First Nations

Complexity of consultation will depend on level of First Nations support for the project

Most Read

l -->