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Prosecutor: Protect Yourself from Burglars
MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- Following a rash of burglaries, including a theft ring in the Belmont area of Dayton, Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says residents should take extra steps to help protect themselves and their property.
Ensure that doors and windows are closed and locked, especially when you are away from your home. Don't make it easy for criminals to get in.
Leave exterior lights and at least one interior light on after dark. Thieves are less likely to break in if they fear being seen.
Alarm systems are recommended, but dogs can often be the best deterrent.
Consider joining or starting a neighborhood watch program.
Watch out for unusual activity such as someone unknown walking around a neighbor's house or a car parked in a driveway that is usually not there. If you see unusual activity, call the police.
Don't advertise when you won't be at home. Don't post messages on Facebook or other social media sites about upcoming vacations.
If you are going to be away from your home for a number of days, ask a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail and newspapers. Nothing advertises you are away like a pile of newspapers or uncollected mail.
Photograph or video tape the interior of your home and garage. This will help you remember what items you have and where they are kept in the event that a break in does occur
Keep a file or list of the electronics and expensive items in your home. Include on this list the make, model and serial number of each item. It's a good idea to keep a copy of your list and any photos or videos "off site" in the event of a fire or other disaster.
In the event property that is under warranty is stolen, after you call the police, notify the manufacturer that the property has been stolen, giving them the name of the police department handling the investigation. If someone then tries to use the benefit of your warranty, the manufacturer will have been alerted to contact the police.
By doing these simple but basic things, Heck said, you can lessen the chances of becoming the victim of a burglary.
For more information, contact Kimberly Oliver, Supervising Attorney, Adult Protection Unit, or Ward Barrentine, Supervising Attorney, Fraud and Economic Crimes Unit at 937-225-5757.
Miami Valley Crime StoppersIf you have information about a crime that has occurred, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867 (STOP) 800-637-5735, 24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous.
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