Police Issue Residential Burglary Crime Alert
September 19, 2014
Over the last several weeks, the Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD) has seen a small increase in residential burglaries across Golden Valley, generally occurring during the day and into early evening when homeowners are away from home.
In many of the burglaries, the unknown suspect(s) park a vehicle nearby and/or in the victim’s driveway, force entry into the rear of the house, and steal items including electronics, computers, cash, and jewelry. Possible suspect vehicles include a newer white full-size pickup with a topper and an older silver Dodge Durango.
PLEASE BE ALERT TO UNFAMILIAR VEHICLES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND PARKING IN NEIGHBORS’ DRIVEWAYS AND CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY WHEN YOU SEE OR HEAR ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS.
Crime Prevention Reminders
- Be particularly alert and responsive to noises or activity in your neighborhood. PLEASE CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY if you see or hear unusual activity. Please be extra alert to unfamiliar cars parked in your neighborhood! All calls are prioritized and you will be put on hold if necessary, so don’t worry about “bothering the police.”
- Make sure your doors and windows are securely closed and locked at night and when away from home. Keep purses out of sight of windows and doors. Pull drapes/shades on the first floor.
- Turn outside lights on from dusk until dawn every night. Make sure the light is an even, low-level light that doesn’t glare toward the street too much. Lighting will discourage prowlers, assist police officers who patrol your area, and allow your neighbors to see each others’ houses.
- If you wake up to hear an intruder in your house, get out of the house if possible. If not possible, stay quiet until it is safe to get to a phone to call 911. If you are unable to speak because you are afraid of making noise, call 911 and leave the phone off the hook. Generally, in these types of burglaries, the intruder does not want to confront anyone and will flee if discovered.
- If you come home to find a burglary, do not enter your home, and call 911 immediately. Do not wait to report the burglary and please do not clean up the area before police arrive.
For more information on home security, contact the GVPD at 763-593-8079 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the GVPD page on the city website.
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