Wednesday May 25, 2011 12:56 PM PDT
Altadena Crime Statistics
Below is a link to the entire report:
As always we encourage residents to be mindful of their neighborhoods and report any suspicious activity to the Altadena Sheriff’s Station at 626-798-1131. In the event of an emergency please call 911.
Home burglary prevention safety tips:
1. Get to know your neighbors. Exchange names, phone numbers, emails, and other
information that makes your neighborhood become closer as friends and neighbors.
Consider starting a Neighborhood Watch group on your street.
2. Write down the license plate numbers and descriptions of strange vehicles and their
occupants. Make a note of the time and day the vehicle was parked on your street.
3. Leave a light or stereo/TV on or use a timer for your lights if you will be away for a full
day or longer.
3. Put a secondary lock on all windows.
4. Get and close heavy drapes -- especially on rooms where there is expensive
equipment. Thin, sheer drapes allow burglars to look inside.
5. Install a peephole on all exterior doors. You’ll be able to see outside without opening
6. Safety coat or frost all garage windows. Don’t let criminals see when your car is
7. Make sure your garage side door is made of solid-core wood, reinforced steel, or
fiberglass, and has a deadbolt lock. Padlock the throw-hatch on your garage door
when you’re out of town and invest in a keychain remote opener.
8. Remove shrubs and trees from in front of windows so they can't hide possible
intruders. Keep shrubs trimmed low.
9. Plant rosebushes or other thorny landscaping in front of all vulnerable windows.
This makes getting close to such windows practically impossible.
10. Get a dog. A barking dog, whether inside the house or in the yard is the best
deterrent to burglars.
11. Install motion detectors in areas where no one should be. This way, you know
something isn't right when they go off.
12. Consider installing a security system. These systems are fairly inexpensive to put in.
13. Have the post office hold your mail while you are on vacation. As an alternative, ask
one of your neighbors to bring in your mail and newspapers. Do not leave mail in
your mail box to be picked up later. Take it to the post office or hand it personally to
14. Identify your valuables by engraving your drivers’ license number.
15. Photograph and record the serial numbers of all valuables.
16. Photocopy the contents of your wallet and other documents.
17. Store the copies in a safe deposit box or with a relative
18. Hide spare keys in less obvious places.
20. Pretend to be a burglar. Walk around your property and ask yourself: How would I
break in? Examine your house from the street, where are the blind spots? What are
the most vulnerable areas? Stand outside the windows and look in, make sure no
valuables are visible. Most burglaries occur during the day through the back and
side doors when you are away.
Joseph E. Dempsey, Lieutenant
Altadena Station - Detective Bureau
626-296-2131 - Office
323-415-4728 - Fax
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