Top Tips to Prevent Burglaries
Friday, October 23, 2015 12:40 PM
More than 50 neighbors turned out for District 10’s burglary prevention meeting Oct. 21. Senior Commander Paul Iovino and crime prevention specialist Pam McCreary, of the St. Paul Police Department’s Western District, shared tips on how to minimize your chances of being victimized.
Remember, Iovino says: “Burglary is a crime of opportunity.” Here are their top tips to reduce burglars' opportunities:
Lock your doors and windows, even if you’re home or in the yard.
Don’t leave your garage door open – ever.
Install motion-detector and “dusk to dawn” lighting.
Don’t leave valuables – keys, cash, purses, laptops – next to or near your doors or windows, where they are easy to grab.
Get to know your neighbors. Watch out for each other. “If you don’t know who belongs there, you don’t know who doesn’t belong there,” Iovino says.
If you see something suspicious and wonder if you should call the police – call. “Don’t ever think ‘I don’t want to bother the police’,” McCreary says. “Bother them. That’s their job.”
For more tips, download the fliers at right.