Police: Burglars stealing items in cars for entry into homes

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH)-Fishers police are warning homeowners to be on high alert after a home burglary. However, it’s how the burglar got into the home that has investigators and some homeowners concerned.

Anyone who drives can learn a lesson from this warning. Police said the burglars are targeting cars in parking lots and getting inside vehicles.

Investigators said once inside the car, the culprits look for the garage door opener and go to the glove box for the vehicle registration, and on that registration is your address giving the burglar the location of your home.

“It’s disappointing to hear about that because it’s been a really safe area here,” said Bill Butler of Fishers.

Butler is talking about the home break-in in his Fishers neighborhood, Brooks Landing off 104th Street and Olio Road. Last week, police said a burglar broke into one of his neighbor’s homes and got away with valuables.

“We’ve been taking more attention and not parking our cars outside; setting our home alarm so hopefully that will discourage anybody like that,” Butler said.

But, homeowners were surprised by the boldness of these burglars.

Investigators said the victim’s car was in a parking lot when the culprit broke in and took the garage door opener and car registration.

24-Hour News 8 found how easy they did it. While in a parking lot, we found several cars with the garage door openers on the visors. Even one car had both windows down.

“I think I have to start taking the important information, registration, things like that and carry it with me when I leave my car and figure out what I’m going to do with my garage door opener,” Brunner said

I’m glad to get the warning. I don’t like having to do that, but I’m certainly am going to start doing it now that I know people are doing that to break into our homes to get access to them,” Butler said

Police in Fishers are encouraging drivers to hide their garage door openers and lock their glove box.

“If they know where I live and they can get into my house; it’s easy pickings,” Brunner said.

Police also remind homeowners to be vigilant.

“I don’t think you necessarily live in fear, but you do make small adjustments,” said Brett Glaze of Fishers.

Police released these safety tips for homeowners:

  • Install exterior lights at all entrances. Consider motion detector lights.
  • Install a wide-angle viewer on all exterior doors.
  • Check who is at the door and do not open the door to anyone you don’t know.
  • Install good locks on all doors and windows. Use those locks!
  • Be sure locks on doors and windows can be opened quickly in case of fire.
  • Leave a light on when you are not home. If you are on vacation, use a timer to control lighting.
  • Don’t hide keys outside.
  • Remove house keys from your keychain when your car is serviced.
  • Talk with trusted neighbors. Keep an eye on their house and ask them to watch yours.
  • Stop mail and newspaper delivery when you are away.
  • Install an alarm system that will detect entry and notify police.
  • Have your lawn mowed and snow shoveled when away.
  • Close window blinds at night.
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed. Do not let plants block doors and windows.

During suspicious activity or something that makes a homeowner feel uncomfortable could be a crime in progress police say to look for these things:

  • Adults or juveniles walking casually through the neighborhood looking into windows, backyards, vehicles, etc.
  • A vehicle driving slowly through your neighborhood with or without lights on.
  • Something wakes you in the night
  • Someone you don’t know rings your doorbell.
  • An unknown car parked near your home containing one or more people.
  • If something is suspicious to you, Call the Police! 317-773-1282 (non-emergency) or 911

Fishers police don’t have a suspect in this case. Anyone with information should call detectives at 317-595-3300.

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