Property crimes remain one of the most prevalent issues in Orange County neighborhoods. Recently, an upscale neighborhood in Orange had two home invasion robberies. Too often, our deputies hear from victims statements like, "but this is a nice neighborhood" or "we never lock our front door." While it's not possible to completely prevent these types of crime, there are steps the community can take to make their homes, cars, and businesses a "tougher target" and deter criminals from even attempting to break in. Follow these simple steps...
Always lock your doors and windows, even when leaving for “just a minute.”
Never leave a house key under a doormat, in a flower pot, or on the ledge of the door.
Be sure to use the dead bolt lock.
Attach the strike plate (the jamb fastening that receives the bolt in the locking position) for the dead bolt to the door with four to six 3-inch brass wood screws that penetrate through the frame to the structural wood.
Lock your side garage door at night and when you are away from home.
Lock your garage door leading into the house.
Keep your garage door closed. Thieves steal items from open garages in less than 30 seconds.
Do not leave items of value outside your home. Thieves may take items from your porch, patio or yard.
For the full list of tips, please see the PDF below from North Operations Crime Prevention Specialist Anitu Pattaniak.
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