A rash of people have been breaking into cars and then using the automatic garage door openers to gain access into residents' homes and steal property, Lodi Police Lt. Tod Patterson said.
Residents are leaving their cars parked in front of their home, and then thieves are breaking in or opening the car's unlocked doors to get the automatic garage door opener. They then use it to open the door and steal what is in the garage, Patterson said.
For example, someone stole several bikes and tools from a home in southwest Lodi on Thursday night.
On Friday, Lodi police took at least 10 reports of burglaries using garage door openers alone.
"It seems to be a pretty common thing that I've been reading in the last couple of weeks," he said.
Patterson recommends that everyone either disable the remote at night if that is an option, or take their garage door openers inside to prevent future thefts.