NORTH COUNTY – As summer approaches, people take advantage of the sunny weather to do outdoor projects, take their families to fun places, relax and keep cool. For criminals, however, it’s a very busy time of year.
It can be easy to forget to close a door or window, but if they are left open it creates an easy opportunity for a burglar. Criminals focus on easy targets. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind residents of some tips for keeping safe.
• Always lock doors and windows, especially at night and when away
• Close garage and pet doors
• Secure ladders and tools so they can’t be used to gain entry into the home
• Be wary of anyone who approaches the front door and don’t let them take up too much time. Criminals work together; one will come to the door to serve as a distraction while another sneaks into the home. Ask for ID from people stating they are from a utility company.
• Be a good neighbor, lookout for one another.
• Excessive dog barking could be a sign of an intruder and may warrant a call to the Sheriff’s Department.
• Report suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s non-emergency line (858) 565-5200
• Sheriff’s crime prevention specialists offer a free security check to show vulnerabilities in a home. For Fallbrook or Bonsall residents, call (760) 451-3115 and ask for John McLelland.
When going on vacation
• Lock up the house; activate alarm
• Don’t broadcast vacation/trip plans on social media
• Hold the delivery of mail and newspapers or ask a trusted friend to pick them up
• Buy a timer for lights and set them in a random pattern
• Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in the driveway of your home
• Sign up for a free vacation check by Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol members
• Never leave a car running unattended, even to dash into a store
• Always roll up windows and lock the car, even in hot weather
• Never leave valuables in plain sight
• Park cars in well-lit areas
• Never leave any keys in the car or ignition
• Always wear a helmet
• Follow the rules of the road
• Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it
• Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing
• When not riding it, a bike should be locked
• Parents, set parameters on where kids are allowed to ride