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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011

Prevent burglaries with common sense approach

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Burglaries are committed most often by young males 25 years of age and younger looking for items that are small, expensive and can easily be converted to cash.

Favorite items are cash, jewelry, guns, watches, laptop computers, VCRs, video players, CDs and other small electronic devices. Below are some tips to keep you from becoming a victim.

For home •Maintain a well lit quarters after dark. Keep light on in front and in back of their homes. Replace burned out light bulbs. The purpose of good lighting is to allow you to see if a threat or suspicious person is lurking in your area.

•Secure valuable property that is easily removed.

•Call the police when you observe a stranger behaving in a suspicious manner (loitering and observing, approaching multiple residences without apparent business, or removing property from a neighbor’s residence).

•Keep doors locked while inside the home.

•Close and lock windows when not at home.

•Close garage doors when not outside. Criminals can look inside and identify valuables to steal.

•Mark and/or identify valuable property serial numbers (bicycles, TVs, computers, laptops, jewelry, etc.).

•Keep an inventory of your personal property in a safe place.

For vehicles

•Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you’re away from it, even for “just a minute.”

•Always roll up the windows and lock the car, even if it’s in front of your home.

•Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk or at least out of sight.

•Buy radios and tape and CD players that can be removed and locked in the trunk.

•Observe activity when a car alarm goes off. Thieves test to see if residents come out when an alarm goes off.

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