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Guard Against Holiday Home Burglaries

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety has stepped up its burglary suppression detail, which will run through the holidays.

Remember that the holidays can bring out grinches who are on the lookout for crimes of opportunity. If you're going out of town or just going out for the day, there are some simple things you can do to discourage burglars.

Here’s how you can reduce your risk of a home burglary:

  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you're 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.
  • Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or ask a friend or neighbor to take in mail or newspapers regularly.
  • Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors and use specialized locks for sliding glass doors
  • If you have a home alarm system, use it. Burglars know that residents often don’t set their alarms and will not be deterred by an alarm company window sticker or sign.
  • Don’t leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, in mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places.
  • Trim shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars

If you come home to find a window or door that’s open or broken:

  • Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
  • Use a neighbor's phone to call 911.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
  • Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

December 11, 2019