Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Weekly Tip - Help Prevent "For Sale" Residential Burglary

Are there homes "for sale" in your neighborhood? Unoccupied or vacant homes can be a target for would-be thieves breaking into the home to steal appliances and other valuables. This type of burglary is not new, nor is it unique to this area, but we have noticed a recent increase in activity locally.

Residents can assist in preventing this type of crime by being attentive to homes either unoccupied or "for sale" in their neighborhood. If you notice activity at one of these locations, other than an obvious Realtor, call the police and report it. If you see unknown vehicles or trailers at these homes, note the vehicle description and license plates and immediately call the police.

Real Estate Agents or home owners can assist by making the neighbors near these homes "for sale" aware of scheduled activity and whether or not the home will be unoccupied. Keeping the neighbors informed will increase the chance of them calling the police when something is amiss. Keep the location secure and any available alarms should be kept active. Consider avoiding terms like vacant or unoccupied in public listings. And, keep a list of serial/model numbers of appliances and other valuables to assist in possible recovery should the items be stolen.

Help prevent crime! Anyone with information on this type of incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150.  If you prefer to provide information ANONYMOUSLY, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the tip page at Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers.

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