Do not leave garage door openers in your vehicle


2019-06-27 11:16 PDT

File # 2019-23912

In the past week thieves seized two opportunities using garage door openers to break into two north Nanaimo homes. The garage door openers had been left in unlocked vehicles and occurred on June 24th and June 25. The locations were on Tweedsmuir Crescent and Ocean Walk Drive.

Garage door openers should be treated as another key to your home, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

In the Tweedsmuir Crescent incident, sometime overnight, thieves entered the homeowners red Nissan parked in their driveway, and opened the garage using the garage door opener. Taken from the garage was a tote of electronic gear, a drum machine and a laptop. Interestingly enough, the family dog was in the garage at the time and did not bark. Later that day, the garage door opener was found on a neighbouring lawn.

In the Oceanwalk incident, thieves entered the garage by the same means and rummaged through a second vehicle parked inside the garage, taking two backpacks containing emergency earthquake gear, and a GPS unit. As in the last incident, a neighbour found most of their survival gear spread out on a nearby lawn but the packsacks were not located.

You can reduce the opportunity by locking your vehicles, removing all valuables and removing your garage door opener when your vehicle is unattended. If you know anything about these crimes, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at or call 1-800-222-8477.

Released by

Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-3257
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238


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