Drive down any street in Lubbock and you'll see house after house with an open garage with lawn equipment, household items, and golf clubs waiting for the next thief. "They will take whatever is available that they can either pawn of sell from a garage, golf clubs, lawnmowers, edgers, weeders those kinds of things," says Sergeant Keith Woodard.
Sergeant Keith Woodard says warmer weather means a rise in crime numbers. "There are gonna be some increass in some types of crime, particularly, the garage burglary does tend to increase," says Woodard.
NewsChannel 11 found many residents with garage doors open that weren't even home. Those who were, think being home is enough to stop thieves.
"I leave it open 90% of the time because I can see into the garage that I just consider that a safety precaution. I can see what's going on but it's possible someone could lift it real quick," says one homeowner.
"I do leave it open alot during the day," says another.
John Salomon works out of his garage, doing carpentry for a living. He says he keeps thousands of dollars of tools and other equipment in his garage. "It goes from compressors to nail guns and saws I work with," says Salomon. But does he leave his garage open? "Most of the time, when I'm home yeah."
Still Sergeant Woodard says whether you're home or not doesn't matter.
You could definitely be home and not know it's happened it only a takes a few seconds for a thief to grab something and get away with it. If it's not nailed down they'll steal it. Realize if you leave your garage door open it's an open invitation for criminals to come in and steal," says Woodard.
So what do you do to protect yourself?