Keep those garages, sheds locked

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A warning from West Haven police — keep your garages locked up to keep the thieves out.

Frank and Claire Gentile know this first-hand. They had their house broken into years ago, which prompted them to secure their detached garage.

“That’s when we decided to close everything in, lock everything up good and tight,” Claire said, “because I don’t care where you live, no place is secure.”

West Haven police say they’ve seen people stealing from garages, things as big as a lawn mower to everyday tools — anything worth value they can get their hands on.

It’s easy for people to forget some of the costly items they keep in that part of their home.

“We keep two cars here … and I have a lot of stuff here that I used when I was in business,” Frank said.

This is also about much more than garages. If you have any sheds in your backyard you’re going to want to make sure those are locked as well.

Lock everything up tight because if you want it, someone else does too and they can sell these in 1, 2, 3.”

From West Haven police:

The West Haven Police Department would like to make the public aware of recent thefts from garages. With Spring approaching the Department is asking the public be vigilant on locking your house, garage, sheds and cars. Any suspicious activity or persons seen in your area please call 911. As always as long as it is not an Emergency situation you can always use our ANONYMOUS TIP LINE, TEXT WHPD AT 847-411.

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