Police Department Issues Residential Burglary Crime Alert
February 26, 2015
Over the last several weeks, Golden Valley police have taken multiple residential burglary reports that have similarities. These incidents are occurring during the day while homeowners are gone, and burglar(s) are forcing entry (breaking glass; kicking doors) to gain access to the home and stealing everything from electronics, household items, jewelry, and firearms. Please be alert to all activity in your neighborhood and call 911 if 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. Keep purses out of sight of windows and doors. Pull drapes/shades on the first floor.
- Light up the outside of your home 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 find 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.
- 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 burglary before police arrive.
For more information on home security or for up-to-date crime maps, visit the city website or contact the Police Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.