PASCO, Wash. - Pasco police are warning residents about an increase in home burglaries over the last few weeks.
Police say burglaries statistically occur during the day while families are at work or school.
Police received 20 reports of residential burglaries during the month of May; they've investigated at least 16 so far this month. Most of the burglaries have been in the West Pasco neighborhoods.
Police say thieves have been breaking backyard sliding glass doors or large windows to enter the residences. Authorities believe most of the recent burglaries are being committed by the same group of thieves based on methods of entry and items being stolen.
Here are some tips by police to stay protected:
- 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.
- Invest in high-security locks, solid entry doors, and laminated windows.
- 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.
- Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
- 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!