Most burglaries can be prevented.
In many of these burglaries, no force was used. That means the burglars got in through UNLOCKED doors and windows. Always lock your doors and windows even when leaving for “just a minute.” Never leave a house key available; under a doormat, in a flowerpot, or on the ledge of the door. These are the first places a burglar will look.
Remember, if you come home and see a broken window or a jimmied door, don’t go in. Confronting a burglar can be dangerous. Phone your local law enforcement agency immediately.
Another deterrent to would-be burglars is to identify your valuables.
Often times, being a good neighbor is the best way to deter crime. Law enforcement officers can’t be everywhere at once, but you and your neighbors can. You’re the ones who really know what’s going on in the neighborhood. Put that neighborhood know-how to work.
It’s simple: Just use your eyes and ears and then your phone. Don’t try to stop a criminal yourself, it can be dangerous. Instead, if you spot something suspicious, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement make one of the best crime fighting teams around!
For more information about crime prevention, contact our District Offices staff: