Burglary victims often feel vulnerable and violated as their personal space has been invaded. Records show that home burglaries often occur during the day while families are at work or school.
The most common entry technique is a hard kick to the door, forcing the wooden jamb to give way. Household tools like hammers, screwdrivers, pry bars and pliers may be used to gain entry into your home.
Unfortunately, it is hard to catch burglars in the act and harder to catch them after the fact.
While residential burglaries seem random, burglars usually choose their targets. Unoccupied homes with easy or concealed access and quick escape routes are targeted.
Once inside your home, burglars look for small expensive items that are easily traded for cash. Favorite items include cash, jewelry, laptops, CD/DVD players, game consoles, watches, guns and small electronic devices.
Protect yourself and make your home a less likely target with the below ideas. Also, share this with people you care about and help them to protect their home and safety too. Maybe you could give a loved one a gift of installing a dead bolt on their door for them? Sounds like a really practical gift, so maybe give some flowers with it.
To discourage burglars and keep your stuff out of their hands:
While On Vacation
Ask a family member or friend or hire a house sitter to live in your home
Ask neighbors to help with your trash bins and newspaper.
Install an approved and monitored residential alarm system.
Park a neighbors car in your driveway.
Use timers on indoor lights to give the impression you are home.
Have merchandise delivered to a neighbors house.
Request Vacation Home Checks from your local Sheriff's or Police Station:
Partner to prevent crime by contacting your local sheriff's station with information about possible criminal activity or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call LA Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.