So how do you harden the target and at least reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of a residential burglary? Here are some suggestions:
Consider owning a dog (burglars hate attention).
Install an alarm system.
Visually inspect your rear yard. If a burglar slips undetected into your backyard, anticipate how he will try to break into your home, and harden the target.
Do not have an open door policy when it comes to burglars. Lock your front door, even when you are home.
When no 1 is at home, always keep your doors and windows locked.
Do not leave jewelry and cash where it is easy to find.
Secure all your doors and windows when you leave.
Install solid core doors with deadbolt locks.
Use locking pins on sliding windows and doors.
Consider double pane windows (a proven burglar deterrent).
Engrave a personal identification number on valuable items such as electronics. Engravers are available for loan from our Crime Prevention Office.
Take close-up, detailed photos of expensive jewelry.
Prepare and keep safe a list of valuable items and their serial or personal identification numbers.
Use a radio/light timing device when on vacation.
Have a neighbor pick up your mail and newspaper (or have it temporarily stopped), and check on your house periodically when you are on vacation. Arrange for a vacation check by our Reserve Senior Volunteers by calling 714-593-4485.
Read the Crime Trend bulletins. A well-informed public, equipped with the knowledge of how to take away a thief’s opportunity to commit a crime, is a valuable tool for crime prevention.
Be alert. Alert neighbors are responsible for the majority of arrests made in residential burglaries.