Summer crime prevention tips
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Issue 27, Volume 17.
It can be easy to forget to close a door or window, but if they are left open it creates an easy opportunity for a burglar. Criminals focus on easy targets. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind residents of some tips for keeping safe.
â€¢ Always lock doors and windows, especially at night and when away
â€¢ Close garage and pet doors
â€¢ Secure ladders and tools so they can’t be used to gain entry into the home
â€¢ Be wary of anyone who approaches the front door and don’t let them take up too much time. Criminals work together; one will come to the door to serve as a distraction while another sneaks into the home. Ask for ID from people stating they are from a utility company.
â€¢ Be a good neighbor, lookout for one another.
â€¢ Excessive dog barking could be a sign of an intruder and may warrant a callto the Sheriff’s Department.
â€¢ Report suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s non-emergency line (858) 565-5200
â€¢ Sheriff’s crime prevention specialists offer a free security check to show vulnerabilities in a home. For Fallbrook or Bonsall residents, call (760) 451-3115 and ask for John McLelland.
When going on vacation
â€¢ Lock up the house; activate alarm
â€¢ Don’t broadcast vacation/trip plans on social media
â€¢ Hold the delivery of mail and newspapers or ask a trusted friend to pick them up
â€¢ Buy a timer for lights and set them in a random pattern
â€¢ Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in the driveway of your home
â€¢ Sign up for a free vacation check by Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol members
â€¢ Never leave a car running unattended, even to dash into a store
â€¢ Always roll up windows and lock the car, even in hot weather
â€¢ Never leave valuables in plain sight
â€¢ Park cars in well-lit areas
â€¢ Never leave any keys in the car or ignition
â€¢ Always wear a helmet
â€¢ Follow the rules of the road
â€¢ Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it
â€¢ Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing
â€¢ When not riding it, a bike should be locked
â€¢ Parents, set parameters on where kids are allowed to ride
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