Summer Crime Safety: How fast break-ins can happen

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Before people head to bed they often go through checklists – ‘Did I lock up?’ ‘Did I turn off the lights?’.

Police say people don’t ask ‘Did I lock my car?’ — something police say doesn’t happen frequently. According to police, people often leave their cars unlocked at night in the driveway, offering criminals quick access to their homes.

“People have garage door openers in their cars,” starts Trooper Jim O’Callaghan. “Someone goes into that unlocked car and finds the garage opener and they have easy access to the house.”

We ran through a mock break-in scenario multiple times and from start to finish, the break in was completed within 50 seconds every time. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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