SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) -- Police warn thieves are breaking into garages by getting a hold of garage door openers. Many people may leave it in your car. But if they leave their car parked in the driveway at times, or even in a parking lot, criminals can break in and get a hold of the garage door opener.
Police said sometimes, people are even home, which turns the crime into a robbery or home invasion.
"It's so simple for them to just go down and take a look in cars that are sitting in driveways and just check the visor to see if those garage door openers are clipped on," said Lisa Cox of the Springfield Police Department in Missouri. "And that's like leaving a key to your home sitting out in your driveway. It really is."
Police advise drivers to take their garage door opener into the home with them or put it in their purse. If they must leave it in the car, police advise to try to hide it.