As Orange Live reported yesterday, police logged 8 home burglaries in the four month April-July time span.
Many people do not know the difference between a robbery and a burglary and residents often forget the basic prevention tips that Orange Police offer during high incidence times.
A burglary occurs when a person enters or remains in a home/building unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime. — It is a property crime.
A burglary is not “robbery,” which is a crime against a person. Burglary is a crime of opportunity.
Most burglaries occur during the daylight hours because most people are working or running errands. Entry is most often made through a front or back door. Glass is seldom broken, but will be if necessary.
The first goal in prevention is to reduce the opportunity.
• Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves also are quick to spot weak locks that may be easily forced open. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three-inch screws. All windows should have window locks.
• Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the track and install vertical bolts. These will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.
• Always lock the door to an attached garage. Don’t rely on your automatic garage door opener for security.
• Update locks if necessary.
• Burglar alarms are not necessarily a deterent for the professional, but more for peace of mind. They can reduce the amount of time thieves are in your home, and they help to notify police of a problem.
• Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. While large, ornate hedges may be beautiful, they also provide a hiding place for burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.
• Secure your valuables in a home safe or lock box.
• Photograph your valuables and log their serial numbers.
• Apply a personal identification number, such as your driver’s license number on your valuables by engraving or with a permanent marker.
Residents are asked to be vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious vehicles or activity to the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130.