CRIME PREVENTION TIP: Criminals Take Advantage of Open Garage Doors
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // February 22, 2016
weekly crime tip from sheriff wayne ivey
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – I hope everyone had a great weekend and is enjoying the incredible weather Brevard County has had for the past several days.
As we head back into the work week I want to focus this week’s Crime Prevention Message on making sure we always close our garage doors.
All too often our Deputies while on patrol in Brevard County neighborhoods find garage doors that have been left open during the night.
While we always attempt to make contact with the homeowner to secure the premises, sometimes the damage has been done prior to our arrival. If we are unable to obtain an answer at the door of the premises we leave a courtesy reminder on the front door of the residence to assist the homeowner in remembering to secure their premises prior to going to bed.
While criminals often take advantage of garage doors that have been left open in the middle of the night they also take advantage of garage doors that are left open during the day while homeowners go in and out of the house to do chores and exercise.
It only takes a split second for a criminal to take advantage of an open garage door that provides instant access to the interior of the home or valuables that are readily available in the garage.
The simple prevention for this potential victimization is to close your garage door each and every time you come through it.
Regardless, if you are working in the yard on the weekends, going on a walk, or coming home from work make certain to make a habit of putting your garage door down so criminals can’t make you their next victim.
As always, thank you for sharing this important Crime Prevention Message with your family and friends so that we can all work together to keep Brevard County safe.
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ABOUT BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY:
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft. That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.