Pasco Police Offer Residents Tips on Reducing Home Burglaries

With residential burglaries on the rise, Pasco Police remind residents to take a few extra minutes and follow a few simple rules in protecting your property.

Unoccupied homes with easy or concealed access and quick escape routes are targeted. Suspects often will knock or ring the doorbell to find out if anyone is at home. Once inside, burglars look for small expensive items that are easily traded for cash. Favorite items include cash, jewelry, laptops, game consoles, watches, guns, small electronic devices and prescription drugs. Protect yourself and make your home a less likely target with the ideas shown below.

- Always lock your doors and windows. Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.

- Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.

- Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.

- Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.

- If you have an alarm system, use it. Post warning signs or window decals on your property.

- Trim bushes and trees so burglars can’t hide and so branches don’t block lighting.

- If you suspect an intruder is in your home, do not enter. Call 911 immediately!

- The most important thing you can do is call the police to report a crime or ANY suspicious activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes!

- Information helpful to police in making arrests include description of the person knocking on the door (height, weight, hair, tattoos, facial hair) and a description of the car (color, make, model) and the license plate number if possible.