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News - March 2, 2012

Tips for preventing a burglary or robbery

The Palo Alto Police Department has the following recommendations to help prevent burglaries and robberies:


* Walk in pairs

* Carry a light, whistle or alarm

* Call 911 or the dispatch center at 650-329-2413 to report suspicious behavior or persons

* Lock doors and windows when leaving, even in the summer

* Secure all belongings in garages and other locked storage, including locking vehicles

* Add locks to side gates and back-yard gates and use them

* Install a burglar alarm, a home surveillance system and post signs outside the home

* Get to know your neighbors, share tips and develop neighborhood email lists and neighborhood watch

* Leave on a radio or television if not at home

* Acknowledge your presence if at home and someone knocks. Yell through the door, even if you don't want to open it


* Rationalize suspicious behavior

* Confront a robber or fight anyone with a weapon

* Leave gates, vehicles or windows and doors unlocked

* Leave belongings and valuables exposed or in plain view — including in vehicles


Posted by joel henner, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 2, 2012 at 12:42 am

Do: Contact CPA Utilities to set up self-reading of your gas and electric meters behind your locked gates. It's easy, and you'll no longer have to worry about leaving your gate unlocked for meter reader access.

Do: Get involved, communicate with your neighbors, take personal responsibility for the safety and security of your community. Crime is a problem we can solve; be part of the solution.

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