Sausalito Police Give Advice to Avoid Burglaries
After this week's scare where a burglar entered a home in Old Town through an unlocked door, Sausalito Police released the following reminders on keeping our homes safe (text is quoted from Sausalito PD):
Open or unlocked doors, windows, and garages are being used by thieves in too many home burglaries in Sausalito.
Many homeowners believe that most burglaries occur by breaking a window or prying open a door to gain entry into the residence. But the quickest and simplest means for a burglar to gain entry into a residence is through an open garage door. Many times the victim is working in the yard or inside the garage.
The victim may take a break and step inside the residence and forget to close the garage door. This is a perfect time for the suspect to enter the garage and remove your property. Many times the suspect is looking for small items inside the garage and will try and conceal these items under his/her clothing.
Using extra caution to secure your home will go a long way to help ensure you will not be a victim of a residential burglary. Prevention Tips:
1. Secure and lock all accessible entry points: Securing you home will significantly reduce your chances of being a victim. Even for short trips to the store.
2. Close garage door: While working at home in the yard, even quick breaks could be an invitation for burglary.
3. Check garage door/window: Double check to make sure that your garage door closes completely every time.
4. Strangers: Keep an eye out for anyone who looks suspicious; time of day, behavior, etc.
5. Garage door opener: Don't leave your garage door opener in plain view inside your vehicle.
6. Lock up: Any and all expensive items you may have inside your garage.
7. Above all: Be a good neighbor and let your neighbors know when they forget to close their garage doors.
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