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, according to the Encinitas Sheriff’s Department.
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; make it difficult for them to choose you, the Sheriff’s Department recommends.
The Sheriff’s Department offers the following tips to keep yourself, your family, your home and your valuables safe:
• Always lock your doors and windows especially at night and when you’re away
• Close your garage and pet doors
• Secure ladders and tools so they can’t be used to gain entry into your home
• Be wary of anyone who approaches your front door and don’t let them take up too much of your time. Criminals work together; one will come to your door and distract you while the other sneaks into your home. Ask for an ID of a utility person.
• Be a good neighbor, look out 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 your home. Call your local Station or Substation.
When going on vacation
• Lock up your home, activate your alarm
• Don’t broadcast your plans on social media
• Hold the delivery of your mail and newspaper or ask a trusted friend to pick them up for you
• B uy a timer for your lights and set them in a random pattern
• Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway
• Fill out a FREE vacation check form, so Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol members can keep an eye on your home.
• Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a store
• Always roll up your windows and lock your 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
• If you’re not riding, lock your bike
• Parents, set parameters on where kids are allowed to ride
For more information, visit www.sdsheriff.net.