From: Santa Monica Poice Community.Relations@SMGOV.NET
Make Your Home Safe for Summer
Don’t make it easy for thieves to enter your home! When the weather is warm, residents leave their windows open to feel the ocean breeze. Crime statistics show that in a majority of home burglaries, the suspects have entered through an UNLOCKED (or improperly locked) window or door. This means most residential burglaries are PREVENTABLE. By implementing the following security suggestions, the chances of being victimized by a residential burglar can be significantly reduced. Teach your family how to protect themselves and their property. We want to help you do all you can to ensure a safe and happy summer for everyone.
-- ALWAYS lock your doors and windows, even when leaving for “just a minute.”
-- NEVER leave a house key under a doormat, in a flower pot, or on the ledge of a door.
-- Exterior doors should be secured with a one-inch deadbolt lock.
-- Sliding doors and windows should either be “drilled and pinned” or secured with a patio door lock.
-- Use heavy duty padlocks and case-hardened hasp attachments to secure side gates and garage doors.
-- Make sure the entire perimeter of your home is well-lit, especially front and back door areas.
-- Use timers so that lights/radio/TV go on and off to indicate that someone may be home.
-- For longer trips, be sure to have someone you trust collect, on a daily basis: mail, newspapers, or anything else that might be delivered or left on your property.
-- Make sure all trees and shrubs are trimmed near all doors and windows where intruders might hide.
-- Add exterior lights, and consider lights that are activated by motion sensors.
-- If you have a home alarm system, make sure you always activate it!
--If you come home and find a door open or notice things out of place, do not go inside. Confronting an intruder can be dangerous. Instead, call the SMPD immediately and wait for the police to arrive.
Keep your neighborhood safe: “If you see something, say something.”
The SMPD Crime Prevention Unit offers FREE security surveys for all residences. Our security professionals will assess your home’s locks and lighting in less than an hour. We will provide you with a written list of low-cost remedies to make your home more secure.
Non-emergency (310) 458-8491
For more information, contact the SMPD Crime Prevention – Community Relations at (310) 458-8474.
To report all suspicious activity, immediately call 310-458-8491
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