Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Community Message: Burglary Prevention

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Wednesday June 12, 2013, 9:59 AM

LAPD - Van Nuys

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Community: Burglary Prevention
Hi Bel-Air Association,
Burglary Prevention Tips

Burglars go through neighborhoods looking for uncut lawns and stuffed mailboxes. In the evening, they look for darkened houses or lights that have been left on too long. The following burglary prevention tips will help to make you and your family safer.

Burglary basics:

•Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.

•Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.

•Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.

•Keep your garage door closed and locked.

•Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.

•Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.

•Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.

•Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.

•Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.

Don't tempt a thief:

•Lawn mowers, snow blowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight.

•Always lock your garden sheds and garages.

•Use curtains on garage and basement windows.

•Never leave notes on your door such as "Gone shopping."
For full details, view this message on the web.

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