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Jun 28

Going on Summer Vacation? Safeguard your Home Against Burglaries

Posted on June 28, 2018 at 2:18 PM by Deputy Aaron Scheller

Summer is the perfect time for a family vacation, but criminals are never on break and are counting on people to be relaxed, let their guard down, and forget to safeguard their home before heading out.

Family Packing for Vacation

Thankfully, if you are reading this blog it means you are an attentive, safety-minded individual who likely includes home safety and security measures as part of pre-vacation arrangements.

A great percentage of burglaries are crimes of opportunity, with criminals going through neighborhoods in search of properties with giveaway signs of an extended absence. Putting some of your exterior and interior lights on timers is one effective way to give the impression that someone is home. Another is to install motion sensor lights and cameras that will alert you of activity on or near your property.

Of course, at the top of the list of most effective burglary deterrents are your trusted neighbors who can watch your home while you are away. Hopefully you have a neighborhood watch on your street that is informed of current crime trends so if neighbors see something suspicious they will call the Sheriff’s department for you. If there isn’t one, consider starting a group using this step-by-step guide.

And to further strengthen your neighbors’ vigilance, you should also consider requesting patrolled vacation checks of your home by the Walnut-Diamond Bar Sheriff’s station. Either a sheriff’s deputy or a trained Volunteer on Patrol will come by your house to make sure there are no signs of a break-in, that circulars or newspaper are not littering your driveway, and that your trash carts do not remain on the curb long after they have been emptied. You can fill out the request for vacation checks in person or online.

Sheriffs VOP Conducting Vacation Check

Also very important is to lock and secure all access points to your home. It may sound like common sense, but a lot of people fail to close and lock their doors and windows. And, if you have a social media account, do not announce you are leaving town and wait to post your vacation photos until you return home.

I hope these tips are useful. I encourage you to check out the “Let’s Talk Public Safety” leaflet – Six Steps for a Safer Summer Vacation – for additional tips to keep your family and home safe and secure.

LTPS Leaflet_Six Steps For a Safer Summer Vacation_June2018

If you don’t already have the local sheriff’s station phone number 909-595-2264 programmed into your cell phone – take a moment to add it in case you need to call while you are away. If you have any questions, be sure to send them to me using the Ask A Deputy online form so I can answer them in future Safety Speaks blog entries.

Have a wonderful summer vacation!
Jun 01

Preventing Theft of and from Vehicles … Our Actions are Key

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 1:02 PM by Deputy Aaron Scheller

In 2017, 175,351 vehicles were stolen in California, which makes the average rate of theft equal to one vehicle every three minutes, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Also according to the CHP, more than 50 percent of all thefts occurred in Southern California. As sobering as these statistics are, they should not alarm us, but rather propel us to take measures to protect our vehicles and valuables.

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Jun 01

Borrow the Eyes of a Burglar ... Is Your Home An Easy Target?

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 1:01 PM by Deputy Aaron Scheller

Occasionally I like to observe my home from the street. I'm looking to gauge its curb appeal and see if improvements are needed. Observing homes is something that criminals also do, but their intent is to determine if they make "easy targets." In this month's Safety Speak Blog, I write about the importance of target hardening your home, and include a link to a guide to help you identify some of the areas around a house that can benefit from security features. I also share details about a new Coffee with A Cop Series the City launches this month, and a Senior Safety Seminar I'll be hosting on May 15.

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