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STEP TO PREVENT BURGLARIES: LOCK DOORS
garage door left open at night resulted in an easy score for an
opportunistic burglar in Deltona earlier this month. The victim woke up
the next morning and discovered his mountain bike was missing. In the
New Smyrna Beach area, a generator and chainsaw left under a carport
were snatched up. A woman in Deltona reported that her extensive jewelry
collection was missing, and it’s entirely possible that the thieves
made an easy entrance through a sliding glass door that might have been
left unlocked. In each case, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office deputies
have no significant clues or witnesses to help solve the crimes.
unlocked doors, open doors and valuables left unsecured in plain sight
are common. Burglars take a lot of risks when they commit their crimes.
They have to move fast, remain unseen and hope the house they are
targeting is actually unoccupied. On the other hand, life for the
burglar can be easy when victims don’t take simple precautions to
protect their homes and possessions. Most burglars count on it.
happen during the day when a neighborhood may be empty because residents
are at work or school. Sometimes a burglar may even attempt to get into
your home when you’re there if they mistakenly believe the house is
empty, which is why you should lock your doors even when you’re there.
Also make sure to lock up when you leave on a quick errand. A burglar
can be in and out of a house in less than 10 minutes while you’re
visiting with a neighbor down the street.
course, other burglaries happen in the middle of the night when victims
and potential witnesses are asleep. A wide open door is a hard-to-resist
temptation for even the most infrequent burglar. Part of your nightly
routine should include securing your home before you go to bed. You
might also want to invest in motion-activated floodlights, or possibly
just leave porch lights on. Burglars want to remain unseen and a house
with no dark areas outside to hide in can deter them.
your car is parked in the driveway or street, make sure to keep it
locked too. Garage door openers left in unsecured cars provide yet
another easy way to get into a home. You should take the garage door
opener out of your car when you’re home or disable the garage door
mechanism at night.
are some additional safety tips:
in solid doors and good quality locks on doors and windows. This
includes sliding glass doors. Make it difficult and time-consuming
for a burglar to get in.
put valuables where they can be seen from outside. When you buy
expensive items, break up the packaging and put it in a garbage bag
or in the garbage can. You don’t want to advertise your new
purchases at the curb on garbage pickup day.
leave your garage open when you are away; an empty garage broadcasts
you aren't home, use a timer set to turn interior lights on and off
at varying intervals as though your home was still occupied.
keep large amounts of cash or really valuable jewelry around the
thorny bushes under all windows. Trim back any trees or shrubs near
doors and windows to eliminate hiding places for would-be
leave ladders outside. Keep any tools that could be used to break in
your home safely locked away in a garage or shed.
all valuables such as stereos, microwaves and video cameras with
your driver's license number. Videotape the contents of your home.
Keep the video and the list of all valuables in a safe place, such
as a safety deposit box.
In addition to all
of these safety tips, it’s important to report any crimes as well as
any suspicious behavior. When you see strange persons or vehicles
in your neighborhood at odd times of the day or night call local law
enforcement and let your neighbors know. This element of citizen
participation is important to successful crime solving. Don’t think
that the crime is too minor or that the culprit will never be caught.
Deputies need to be aware of all the thefts in the area in order to
establish a possible pattern or collect evidence.
Residents also are
urged to join a Neighborhood Watch organization. The extra eyes and ears
help to keep neighborhoods safe and crime-free. Each of the Sheriff’s
Office’s five district offices in DeLand, Deltona, DeBary, New Smyrna
Beach and Holly Hill has a point of contact who can provide additional
information regarding home security and Neighborhood Watch programs.
They can give crime prevention presentations to homeowners groups and