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Altadena Crime is Up: Prevent Burglary With These Tips

Burglary, theft and property crime increased in Altadena during the first six months of 2012. The Altadena Sheriff's Station is encouraging residents to be more vigilant and take extra caution using these tips.

The first six months of 2012 brought increased crime to Altadena, compared to the first half of 2011. Overall, crime is up 17.6-percent, and there has been a large increase in armed robbery, burglary, theft and property crime.

The has released the following tips on how to deter burglars and protect yourself:

Personal Information:

  • Keep valuables in a safe deposit box
  • Use a locking mailbox
  • Complete Operation ID (which involves marking your property and keeping a running list so law enforcement will be able to identify it) and display proof on your windows.

Dealing With Strangers:

  • Never let strangers enter your home
  • Verify workers by ID cards and calling their employer
  • Never give keys to workers
  • Never leave notes for anyone on the door

While on Vacation:

  • Hire a house sitter
  • Ask neighbors to help with your trash bins and newspaper
  • Install an approved and monitored residential alarm system
  • Park a neighbor’s car in your driveway
  • Use timers on indoor lights to give the impression you are home
  • Deliver merchandise to a neighbor’s house instead of yours
  • Request the LASD to perform Vacation Home Checks

Bright Ideas:

  • Install lights by all exterior doors. Use lights at night.
  • Install outside light fixtures where bulbs are hard to reach
  • Illuminate house numbers for quick emergency services response
  • Trim shrubs back from doors and windows... don’t give burglars places to hide.

Vehicle Smarts:

  • Close the garage door and cover windows so no one can see inside
  • Hide the garage door opener from open view in your car

Doors and Windows:

  • Change the locks when moving to a new residence
  • Always lock your doors and windows
  • Give your neighbor the spare key and don’t hide it outside
  • Use solid core or metal exterior doors
  • Use dead bolt door locks on exterior doors and double cylinder dead bolt locks if glass is within three feet of the lock
  • Add auxiliary track-type locks, removable drop bars, wooden dowels, or pinning devices to windows and sliding glass doors
  • Install peepholes on doors with 160-degree views
  • Upgrade locks to defeat bump keying

Landscaping:

  • Trim tree branches seven feet off the ground
  • Prince shrubs to under three feet from the ground
  • Use motion sensors and photocells on exterior floodlights

Make Safety a Habit:

  • Lock your home at all times
  • Create a Crime/Neighborhood Watch Group
richard July 19, 2012 at 10:15 PM
These are all very good tips. http://jokeofthedayblog.blogspot.com

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