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CRIME ALERT: Protecting Your Home and Stuff
August 9, 2012 -
The LAPD reports recent occurrences of suspicious individuals going door-to-door introducing themselves as security camera installers or a home remodeling company.
Topanga Division Officers have responded to a call of two burglary suspects, and have subsequently detained two individuals in the Woodland Hills area. A van was later located, with the crew chief who stated that he and the other men work for a remodeling company and were doing door-to-door appointments. Many of these individuals were identified as being on parole or probation.
While it is not a crime for a company to hire persons with a criminal record, there have been past incidents where criminals have posed as legitimate workers while going door-to-door in neighborhoods looking for potential homes to burglarize or commit other crimes.
Such incidents in the Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park and Winnetka neighborhoods should also alert Topanga residents to be vigilant of the happenings in their neighborhood.
A rule of thumb is that if you observe any activity that you believe to be suspicious, do not hesitate to call 911. Because Topanga is under the jurisdiction of the Lost Hills Sheriffs Department, they will investigate the matter and determine whether or not the suspicious activity is criminal.
Partner to prevent crime by contacting your local sheriff's station with information about possible criminal activity at (818) 878-1808. If you wish to remain anonymous, call LA Crime Stoppers, (800 222-TIPS (8477); texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637); or visit http://lacrimestoppers.org.
KEEP YOUR HOME AND STUFF SAFE FROM BURGLARS
Protect yourself and make your home a less likely target to burglary by following these guidelines below.
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: