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Posted on: November 3, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Tips to Help Prevent Home Burglaries

home burglary prevention with front door porch pictured

Criminals look for opportunities with the lowest risk. Don't make it easy! These simple preventative steps go a long way toward reducing the frequency of burglary and theft in our community:

  • Do a home check to ensure all doors and windows properly lock;
  • Never leave doors or windows unlocked while you are away;
  • Consider installing motion-activated lighting and a security system to deter thieves;
  • Keep shrubs and trees properly trimmed to increase visibility;
  • Consider installing security film on your windows;
  • Lock all side gates that provide access to your backyard;
  • Keep your garage door closed when you're not in or around the garage area; and
  • Keep all outdoor storage areas, including those in carports, locked.

Finally, contact OCSD if you see anything suspicious or dangerous on the non-emergency line at 714-647-7000 or 949-770-6011. To learn more, visit OCSD's website.

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