Help stop residential burglaries
Posted Date: 3/3/2009
The Arcadia Police Department is asking for your help in reducing residential burglaries. Burglars are only able to successfully commit a crime if they are afforded the time and opportunity to do so. A burglar's ultimate goal is to steal property from your home and sell it for profit and or illegal narcotics. Don't give these criminals the opportunity to violate your life and personal space.
* Lock all of your doors and windows when you are not home. Leave 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 make sure they are working properly.
* Keep your hedges and bushes trimmed so that your house is not concealed from a city street.
* Don't leave old newspapers, mail or door leaflets piled up on the front steps of your home.
* Never leave valuables in plain view from the outside.
* If you have valuables, secure them in a safe or in a safe deposit box at your local bank.
* 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.
Burglars are always trying to improve their "skills." This means that 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 easy for residents to take steps to keep your property safe.
For more information about crime prevention, call 574-5174.