Prevent Crimes Tips: Leaving town for the holiday weekend? Make sure your home is safe and secure

Make sure your home is safe and secure

Reminder: With summer in full swing, people tend to open their windows more often. People also leave their garage doors open while working on the yard and completing household chores. Don’t forget to lock and secure your residence when you leave. Leaving your windows open is an open invitation for a burglar to come into your residence.

Here are a few examples of things that may help prevent you from becoming a victim:

If you decide to leave your windows open, get a stick and put it in the window frame preventing your window from opening all the way.

Keep your bushes around your windows trimmed so there is no place for a burglar to hide while trying to enter your home.

Post alarm signs in your front yard.

Place a Beware of Dog sign on your gates.

Make sure and keep your garage door shut and locked when you're not in it.

If you're leaving town, see if your neighbor can keep an eye on your house.

Have your lights set on timers, so it's perceived someone is home.

If your residence looks like a hard target, the criminal will be more likely to pass your house and move on to an easier target.

Remember, prevention is the best way to combat crime.

LAPD West Valley Serving the Communities of: Encino, Lake Balboa, Reseda, and Tarzana.

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