Don't be a victim - help reduce residential burglaries
Posted Date: 11/19/2008
The Arcadia Police Department is asking for your help in reducing residential burglaries. Burglars are only able to successfully commit their crimes if they are afforded the time and opportunity to do so. A burglar’s ultimate goal is to steal property from your residence and then sell it for profit and or illegal narcotics. Don’t give these criminals the opportunity to violate your life and personal space.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
-Lock all of your doors and windows when you are not home. Leave any exterior lights on if they are not sensor activated.
-Make sure that all side gates are locked and secured.
-If you have an alarm system, activate it, even if you will be away for just a few minutes. If you have surveillance cameras affixed to the exterior of your property, make sure you periodically check them to ensure they are working properly.
-Ensure that all of your hedges and or bushes are trimmed from the front of your residence so that your house is not concealed from a city street.
-Never leave old newspapers, mail or door leaflets piled up on the front steps of your residence.
-Never leave valuables in plain view from the outside.
-If you have valuables please secure them in either a safe or safe deposit box at your local bank.
-Always take an active role in getting to know your neighborhood.
-Keep your eyes open to suspicious activity in your neighborhood and always do your part as a good witness. Never attempt to stop a crime, always call 911.
-Do your part to become active in the community and take ACTION - Arcadians Caring Together Improves Our Neighborhoods - when necessary.
Burglars are always trying to improve their skills. This means when you are at work, so are the burglars. It is very common for burglars to profile a neighborhood and their future intended victim. At the same time, it is very easy for you to take an active role in keeping your property safe.