More Home Burglaries Reported in Palos Heights
Police issued a community alert for three incidents that have hit houses in town since Dec. 12.
Residents have reported three separate home burglaries since December, police said this week.
Burglars forced their way in through back doors, stealing jewelry from people's bedrooms, according to a community alert posted to the City of Palos Heights website.
“We’re just trying to make people aware that if they do see anything out of the ordinary, to look out for themselves and for their neighbors," said Palos Heights Deputy Chief Dave Delany.
The police offered tips on how to prevent future burglaries:
In particular, residents are reminded to be aware of any person(s) that may appear at their doorstep wishing to provide a service that had not been requested, asking for someone who doesn’t live there, or is acting like they must be at the wrong address and ask for directions. Residents can acknowledge the presence of persons at their doorstep, but should not open the door unless the person is expected. It is important to report an accurate description of the person(s) clothing, height, gender, and race. If you observe a vehicle, note the color, make style, and/or license plate.
- Make your home look occupied. Never allow newspapers to pile up, mailboxes to become stuffed, or garbage cans be left out for several days. Arrange with a trusted friend or neighbor to collect these items, or contact the US Postal Service to stop delivery. Make arrangements to have your lawn cut or your driveway shoveled during the winter.
- Make it difficult to break in. Lock all exterior doors and windows before you leave or before you go to bed. “PIN” sliding glass windows by putting a security bar in the track.
- Check your burglar and fire alarms to make sure they are working properly, and ARM them. Also check any video surveillance systems to ensure they are working properly.
- Set automatic timers for interior and exterior lights, radios and televisions. Lock valuables in a secured safe, or use a safe deposit box. Document all valuables, especially serial numbers. A video camera or photo camera can also be used to document such items.
- Lock your CAR DOORS, and do not leave valuables in them overnight.
- Be aware of people/vehicles that may be around when you are leaving your residence.
- If you see a suspicious person or vehicle, PLEASE don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1
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