Home Invasions Through Your Garage: For Many, It Starts Here

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The following headline caught our eye. “Classic Home Invasion Hits Connecticut Again.” First, thank you for using the term “classic home invasion,” which Home Invasion News defined when we began this website in July. More significantly, check out how the intruders got into the house.

Classic Home Invasion Hits Connecticut Again
As the story was told, “Five armed men broke into a home in a wealthy North Branford neighborhood, tied up the family for hours and threatened to kidnap a 3-year-old boy in the house if they didn’t get money, police said Monday. When the intruders left, the homeowner initially could not find his grandson and raced over to his son’s house on the same street to tell him the child had been kidnapped, said Tom Martone, the homeowner’s son. “My heart started really pounding,” Martone said.

The point?
In the home invasion, the intruders wore hoodies and bandannas across their faces as they broke into the home through a garage door at about 10:30 p.m.

At Home Invasion News, we’ve observed that entry through garage doors is increasing. Why? Because, while people may lock their front and back doors, they are more careless about working in a garage with the door open, or simply not closing the garage door at all.

Here are some stories to think about.

Charlotte NC
Sept 16, 2010
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for three men who crashed through a garage during a home invasion in southeast Charlotte. Police said the men smashed through the back door of a home on Dunfries Road at about 2:30 a.m Thursday, while the homeowner was asleep. The men were armed with guns and assaulted the homeowner, officers said.

Allegan County, MI
August 12

Deputies in Allegan County are investigating a possible connection between two recent home invasions. In both cases, the garage doors were kicked in while people where in their homes. “The frame was broken, it pushed further in,” said Brian Brunsell.

Penn Hills, PA
September 8
Police said the people who live in the house were returning home when five people followed one of the residents into the garage and attacked the homeowners.

El Paso, CO
September 8
Deputies are on the lookout for a man involved in an armed home-invasion while a mom and her kids were inside. El Paso County sent all their available units to a home on Tail Wind, after the mother spotted the man with a gun in her garage.

Troy, MI
Aug 29,2011
Police said the suspect entered the garage through an unlocked side door and then entered the home through an unlocked door from another unlocked door.

Mississauga Miss
August 25
The robbery began when a carload of four men drove up to the house and three entered the home through the garage. At the time, a contractor was working on replacing the front door, not knowing that the home was being invaded.

Waco TEX
August 24
The woman, whose name wasn’t released, was injured in a struggle with the man who broke through a door to get into her house on Aug. 8 in the 8900 block of Whippoorwill Drive after entering the open garage. The woman was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

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