Summertime Safety Tips From LBPD
2011-06-22 · By Editor
With summer comes a large number of juveniles out of school, vacant homes as residents travel, and it is also the time of year that people are more likely to leave doors and windows open to cool their homes. These factors result in an increase in residential burglaries over the summer months as opportunistic thieves take advantage of the circumstances.
In most residential burglaries, entry is made though an unlocked door or window, and usually weekdays during daytime hours when most people are at work. Sometimes entry is made when one leaves a home unsecured for “just a few minutes” while they run a quick errand. “Just a few minutes” is all it takes for an alert burglar to make entry and leave with your valuables, and it’s also the same amount of time it takes to secure your home properly.
Below are some burglary prevention tips to reduce the chances that your home will be targeted this summer. Have a safe summer, and don’t forget to take a few minutes to keep your property secure.
- Meet your neighbors, this makes it easier to recognize a person that doesn’t belong, and neighbors that communicate are more likely to look out for one another
- Report loiterers – loitering is often a precursor activity for burglars, enabling them to case the area
- Immediately report suspicious activity, including loiterers, by calling 9-1-1, and be sure to get a good description of any subjects you report as well as location
- Keep any gates to backyards locked and secure at all times
- Request a free “vacation check” by contacting the Senior Police Partner volunteers at (562) 570-7212
- Be sure your house number is visible from the street, should Police or emergency personnel ever need to respond to your location it allows them to find the location more quickly
- Keep porch lights on at night – this makes any suspicious persons visible, as well as your house number
- When away for extended periods, make sure your home has the “lived in” look – have lights on timers and ask a neighbor to park in your driveway, clear any newspapers and fliers that may accumulate, and check your property periodically
For more information, please visit the Long Beach Police Department website, www.longbeach.gov/police, and click on “Crime Prevention.”