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Stay vigilant to protect your home and property

Stay vigilant to protect your home and property

Property crime was significantly lower in Lakewood in 2018. Official statistics compiled by the Sheriff's Department show burglaries falling by 37% and auto thefts down by 23% in Lakewood, thanks in part to extra steps the city took in partnership with the Sheriff's Department...and to safety steps that residents took.

Despite the good news, there are still burglars and auto thieves who commit crimes in Lakewood, so it’s important we all do our part to keep crime down in 2019 too.

Here are tips for keeping your home and vehicle secure:

At home:
• Walk the exterior of your home to scout out its weaknesses, such as easily visible valuables and shrubbery that provides a place for thieves to hide. Keep shrubbery around entrances and walkways trimmed.
• Keep your garage door closed. An open door gives thieves a preview of items they might want.
• Install motion-sensor lighting and video cameras around your home, along with a video door bell. 
• Get involved in the Lakewood Neighborhood Watch program on your block. Call 562-866-9971, ext. 2114.

When leaving your home:
• Close and lock all external doors with dead bolt locks.
• Close and lock all windows, regardless of the weather condition.
• Lock sliding glass doors with an additional security bar, broom handle, dowel or window sash thumbscrew lock.
• Put some internal lights on timers if you will be gone for an extended period.
• Leave a radio on to a talk station so it appears there are people home.
• Garage door should be closed and locked, as well as any door attached to the garage.
• Keep electronics and high value items out of view from windows; if you have curtains or shades, pull those closed while away.
When leaving your vehicle:
• Take your key and never leave your vehicle running or unattended.
• Close and lock all windows and doors.
• Park in well-lit areas when possible.
• Never leave valuables in your vehicle.
• Be mindful about when and where you place packages in your trunk.
• Do not store wallets in the center console!
• Backpacks, laptop bags and gift-wrapped packages are inviting to thieves.
• Shut your windows and sunroof. Leaving them open, even a crack, encourages break-ins.

If you see anything suspicious or unusual in your neighborhood call the Lakewood Sheriff's Station to report the activity at 562-623-3500. 

If you see a burglary in progress, always call 9-1-1.