Today’s tip –
Protect your home while enjoying the warmer weather
Temperatures are climbing, and that has folks out doing yard work and opening their windows to let in the fresh air. Each spring, the Minneapolis Police Department sees a rise in burglaries and thefts because of open windows and doors, as well as thefts from yards and garages.
Here are some tips from the Minneapolis Police Department to help you avoid becoming a victim of a springtime crime of opportunity.
· Ping windows so that they open only far enough to allow air in, but not far enough to allow a burglar to use them to gain entry to your home. Six inches is recommended.
· Secure your front door when working in the backyard. Some burglars are brave and fast enough to enter your home and make off with valuables before you know they have even been there.
· Keep garage doors closed. Visible items seen from an open garage door can make a tempting target to someone passing by.
· Put away valuable items such as bicycles and lawn equipment, especially overnight.
· Beware of the influx of door-to-door salespeople and home repair contractors. Do your homework before hiring anyone to do work on your home and get a written estimate before work begins. And remember that all door-to-door salespeople must be licensed by the City, so ask to see a license.
· Never allow someone you don’t know into your home. Common ruses used to gain entry are requests to use a phone or to get a drink of water.
· Report suspicious activity in your neighborhood to 911 immediately. Waiting to call will most likely take away the opportunity for officers to reach the people behind the suspicious activity. A number of home burglars have been caught as a result of neighbors calling 911 right away.
For more information on burglary prevention, go to: www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention.
Published May 9, 2012