Hide That Clicker: Police remind residents to hide garage door openers

Gendarmes in the Oakville area are sounding the alarm to residents about garage door openers after a theft.

Ne’er-do-wells gained access to a home in that part of the province after entering an unlocked vehicle and, while they didn’t steal anything from the car, they did find a garage door opener. The supposed middle-of-night robbers took the opportunity, using the electronic device to let themselves into a residential garage. Once inside, they allegedly made off with an acoustic guitar and a bottle of liquor. Total losses are pegged at about $200.

Heady stuff.

Jokes about petty theft aside, crime is no laughing matter (I just sounded like a wizened old teacher from my high school then; sorry, Mr. Warr). Cops are exhorting that homeowners in the area should take their garage door openers inside the house with them when they leave their cars for the night.

Of course, this advice doesn’t help the millions of Canadians who have a garage door opener baked right into the sunvisor or overhead console of their vehicles. Once the domain of luxury cars, this handy feature now pops up as an option or standard equipment on even the most pedestrian of vehicles.

In this instance, one should remember to do what they should anyway – lock your doors and hide yer valuables. Even leaving simple spare change from the coffee run is temptation enough for some criminals to break into your ride. In that vein, your author remembers buying a television back in the ’90s when such…

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