Crime Prevention Month Tips
October is National Crime Prevention Month. As part of the observance, the Paramount Public Safety Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are focusing on public outreach about certain types of crimes. This first installment offers tips to help avoid vehicle burglaries.
Thefts from Vehicles
Always set the alarm or anti-theft device in your vehicle. If criminals have two cars to choose from (one with an alarm and one without), they will likely burglarize the one without the alarm … unless you’ve left valuables inside that are just too good to ignore! So …
- Don’t leave any valuables inside your vehicle and never leave your valuables unattended.
- Lock all doors, and secure all windows (don't even leave a tiny space for ventilation).
- If you absolutely must leave anything of value inside your vehicle, conceal it prior to reaching your destination.
- Never leave the important papers in the car. Thieves can use these documents for ID theft.
- Try to park in busy, well-traveled areas.
The next installment offers ways to guard against residential burglaries.
Protecting Your Home
Residential burglars look for easy targets. If the risk of detection is too high, the average burglar will not attempt to enter your home.
Whether you leave your home for five minutes or five weeks, recognize that it's vulnerable whenever it's unoccupied. While you cannot be home all of the time, you can devise a home security program that works for you around the clock.
• Always lock your doors and windows even when leaving for “just a minute.”
• Never leave a house key available … under a doormat, in a flower pot, or on the ledge of the door.
• Consider an alarm system.
• Own a dog. They make lots of noise and most burglars won’t take the chance of getting bitten.
• Use timers so that lights, radio, and TV go on and off throughout the house to indicate someone is home.
• For longer trips, be sure to stop mail and newspaper delivery or have a neighbor collect them daily.
• Make your house look “lived in.” And if you come home and see a broken window or a jimmied door, don’t go in. Confronting a burglar can be dangerous. Phone your local law enforcement agency immediately.
• In Paramount, remember that you can have the Volunteers on Patrol make a home check when you are out of town. Call the Station at (562) 220-2002.
• Install a wide angle lens viewer in the front door.
• Never open the door without knowing who is there.
• Motion sensor lights are a great way to light up driveways and walkways.
• Exterior doors should have “dead bolt” locks with a 1-inch strong metal bar extending into the door frame.
• Sliding doors and windows should all have “ventilation” locks as well as auxiliary locks to bolster security.
• Be sure to include good locks for garage, patio, or other doors that lead out through storage areas or a spare room.