Ways to prevent property crime this summer

Theft is a crime of opportunity. During the summer months, would-be thieves are on the lookout for items that can be easily taken in moments. Unlocked doors, open windows and open garage doors all provide a temptation to steal valuables — bikes, tools, packages, cell phones, purses — left in plain view. Blooming trees and overgrown shrubs can provide would-be burglars with places to hide.

Some home safety tips to consider:

  1. Install lighting, such as motion lights or dusk-to-dawn detector lights, on your home’s exterior.
  2. Trim shrubbery around your home to eliminate hiding places.
  3. Make sure your address is clearly visible from the street for emergency and identification purposes.
  4. Close and lock your garage door when you are not nearby. Place valuables stored in the garage in a locking device not visible from the street when the garage door is open.
  5. Do not leave bikes unattended. Lock your bikes, even if you are going to be away for only a few moments.
  6. If you sleep on the second floor of your home, keep all first floor doors and windows closed and locked.
  7. Be aware of your surroundings and those around you when you walk, jog or bike.
  8. Stop all deliveries of mail and newspapers when out of town on vacation.
  9. Don’t discuss your vacation plans (at the gym, grocery story, etc.). You never know who might be listening to your conversation.
  10. Use timers to light your home inside and outside, especially when you are away.
  11. Ask a trusted neighbor to pick up flyers or other publications that might be left while you are away.
  12. Don’t make it easy for a burglar to make you a victim!

Tips are courtesy of the San Leandro Police Department, San Leandro, California.