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A home security camera system caught burglars rummaging through a family's car and garage while the family was sleeping inside.

The Trenton, Ohio, wife and husband had recently installed the home security system, and were shocked to see the burglars pawing through their belongings and scouring through the contents of the garage. The thieves also walked away with the family's garage door opener, reported WKRC Local 12 in Cincinnati.

"It's a horrible feeling, you know," homeowner Cody Agee told the TV station. "Nobody should have to go through that." About 16 families were affected by the burglaries, police said. The thieves took off with cell phones, GPS devices and even a hand gun.

Each year, about $1.23 billion of personal items are stolen from people's cars, authorities say. You don't have to install a home security system to avoid these thefts, though. The first step to protecting your valuables is park your car in your garage, if you have one. If not, always make sure you take valuables with you and lock your car door, even if you think your neighborhood is safe.

Amazingly, a large number of thefts come from owner behavior: Some 40% to 50% of thefts were the result of driver error, like leaving keys in the ignition or leaving the doors unlocked.

Keeping your car clean also helps avoid thieves, who might be willing to wade through your empty Burger King bags hoping to find something valuable. Also, hide things that might end up being bait for thieves, like iPhone connector cords or mounts for GPS systems or cellphones.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      No sympathy for this stupid family.......lock your s(*t up, and you won't have this problem.......you left the door open, and basically invited them in..........and you didn't even bother to lock the car doors???........their homeowners insurance should have a policy rider for STUPIDITY.........
      • 2 Years Ago
      in oklahoma you lock your doors, if someone comes in without permission and steals thats the last trip they make
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why was the gun so available?
      • 2 Years Ago
      off topic- what kind of car is that? i like it! looks almost like an evo?
      Tom Harrell
      • 2 Years Ago
      SO, did they Catch these 2 MORONS or not ? They have their Faces right there on camera ?
      • 2 Years Ago
      We always manually lock the garage door. It is a 'slide' that you pull and it in essence, bolts the garage door. Scary to think that they were there and had access to the interior of the house if they wanted it. And, be sure to bring your 'clicker' in the house with you and lock the door that goes from the garage into your house also. I'm glad the family is alright as it could of been worse.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is an invitation to be robbed by leaving your garage door open.
        • 2 Years Ago
        And your car doors unlocked
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would have been funny if some old man in his boxer shorts came out with a double barrel shot gun loaded with rock salt. Then gave them both barrels. What could they do or say nothing just wash the rock salt out of the azz.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The criminals are to blame. But....who in their right mind will install a security system and then leave the garage door open and the car unlocked? That's just asinine and inviting someone to come in and take whatever they want. Seems a little like a set-up to me.
      • 2 Years Ago
      They will be cuaght..just some punk kids that are wannabes .
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they had a security system why was it not set and door locked stupid is as stupid does did they leave their house unlocked when they went to bed also!
      • 2 Years Ago
      why was the garage open? Just asking to be stolen from.
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