Tips from the Glendale Police Department
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The GPD has been successful in catching criminals because of neighbors contacting the police when they notice that “something isn’t right.”
Non-Emergency Number: 818-548-4911
When in doubt: 911
- Residential Burglary
- Breaking and entering into a residence with the intent to commit a felony within
- Hot Prowl
- A residential burglary into an occupied residence (usually with unsuspecting victims)
Residential Burglary Prevention
- Don’t hide keys outside.
- Secure/lock all doors (even doggy doors) and windows.
Keep exterior lights out of easy reach.
It prevents them from being unscrewed.
Maintain thorny plants beneath lower level windows.
It makes them difficult to approach.
Install an alarm system.
Use it and keep it maintained.
- Ask neighbors to watch for suspicious activity.
- Log all serialized property and photograph all jewelry and DON’T KEEP IT IN YOUR HOME.
- Don’t “telegraph” behavior (don’t do the same thing at the same time each day).
- Don’t answer the door without checking.
- Don’t allow strangers into your home.
- If you have a bicycle or storage space, secure it!
- Log your bicycle serial number and photograph it.
Home Security Tips
- Install and use alarms
- Signs help: Home Alarm, Beware of Dog, etc.
Dogs are great deterrents and will often alert you when someone is on your property.
Dogs, or at least a sign (Beware of Dog) will deter a lot of crooks.
- If you have an air conditioner in your window, make sure it is secured and that it is not possible to move the window in order to gain entry.
Trim trees and shrubbery near windows and doors.
Consider your landscaping plan in light of your protection needs.
- Purchase window and slider hardware to make it more difficult to enter through a window.
Place a security bar, sometimes referred to as a “Charlie Bar”, between the patio sliding door and door jamb.
Don’t assume that the latch on the door is secure enough to ward off a thief.
- Use a door security bar, or a door to floor security bolt.
- Dutch doors provide an easy entry — they look nice but once the glass is broken, it’s easy to gain entry into the home.
Secure side/rear access gates.
Gates with locks help prevent easy entry into backyards.
- Keep your garage door shut and locked at all times.
- Have good night lighting around your home.
- Light timers are highly recommended.
- Flood lights that are triggered by motion are highly recommended.
- A motion detection surveillance security system is highly recommended.
When leaving for vacation, home owners should maintain a “lived in” appearance at their home.
Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you’re not at home.
It is important to let trusted neighbors know you will be away so they can keep an eye on your home.
Also, make arrangements for your mail and newspapers to be picked up.
- If you have recently moved into a new home, change all the locks and tumblers.
Before turning your house key over to a professional house cleaner for several hours, make sure the person is honest and reputable as well as hardworking.
Check all references thoroughly.
Ask for credentials from any sales-person who requests entry to your home.
Ask that their ID be pushed under the door.
Many professional burglars use this cover to check out homes.
If you’re doubtful, check with the person’s office before letting him or her in.
If a stranger comes to your home asking to use your phone, do not let them enter.
Make the call yourself.
Lighting for Safety in 5 Outdoor Spaces
- Roadway Luminaries
- Parking Areas
- Motion Sensor Floodlights — Front
- Pool Areas
- Mounted Luminaries
- Landscape Luminaries
- Flower Beds
- Motion Sensor Recessed Lights
- Lock it, Hide it, Keep it.
- Secure your car and remove all valuables every time you park.
- Do not believe that “secure parking lots” are.
- Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car.
- Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car.
This creates a temptation for thieves.
- If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
GPD has asked us to please remind neighbors that you need to assume anywhere you park, that you are at risk.
Opening an unlocked car door is a misdemeanor at most (unless you have more than $950 of items stolen from your car, then it becomes a felony to open your unlocked car).
Please don’t keep anything of value in your cars and please keep your car doors locked.
For the full list of GPD safety tips, see: http://www.glendaleca.gov/home/showdocument?id=24931