Well the weather has gotten very nice and while we can enjoy this much-needed break in our rainy season, I need to remind everyone to be very careful and vigilant to protect your personal property.
We have already received a few calls of burglaries occurring where a door or window is not locked, someone gained entry and stole property. We also have a couple of car prowl reports where the victims were away from their vehicles for a very short period of time 10 to 20 minutes and someone saw a bag or purse on the seat and broke the window then stole the item.
Please don’t hesitate to call if you have someone loitering around your premise, and you don’t recognize them. You know your neighborhood.
Some quick thoughts on house and apartment security:
• Keep the front door locked even when you are home. If you work in the backyard – you would not hear if someone walked into your home.
• Locks the windows, or block them from opening more than a few inches – then they can’t climb in when you are gone.
• Do not let others follow you into secured garages if you don’t know them. At multi unit sites, tailgating a resident into their secured parking (or through the main doors) is still happening and once inside they break into cars and storage units in the parking areas.
• Please take a moment to make sure when you enter and leave, you watch the door or gate close behind you without someone sneaking/darting inside. It only takes a few seconds to sneak in, but they can be seen if we take a few seconds and look. Asking if they are a tenant is OK, even in larger buildings. If everyone does it, then no one is offended and it reduces the opportunity for suspects to stay inside a location with multiple potential targets.
• Good night time lighting, trimmed shrubbery for sight lines and letting your friends next door know when you are going to be gone, all support a protected apartment, house, block and neighborhood.
• Car Safety – don’t leave things visible inside the vehicle no matter what the time of day or how long you will be away. This includes removing/hiding the charger cords so thieves don’t think the phone/GPS/tablet is tucked under the seat. My quick review of recent car prowls ( car break-ins) showed visible items inside the passenger areas when the car was broken into. Place valuables in your trunk before you leave to drive to your destination, not when you arrive. Criminals will watch for those who place purses, valuables or shopping bags into cars, then leave the cars unattended.
If you see someone committing a crime or you believe they are trying to, please call 911 for us to respond. If you can do it safely, pull out your cell phone and take a picture of the suspect. A picture is often worth a thousand words and lets the suspect(s) know the community is watching.
We have a great community and we can all assist each other by taking basic precautions and keeping a reasonable eye out for each other.
Please pass on this information to your friends and neighbors or they can sign up for Nextdoor Madison Park (or the Nextdoor in your neighborhood) to receive updates. We are training more police officers to use Nextdoor so we can provide ongoing information accurately and rapidly to all of you.
East Precinct – Captain