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LASD - Norwalk Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Tuesday February 3rd, 2015 :: 07:47 a.m. PST


Residential burglaries are a common problem not only in our community, but nation-wide. Protect your home.

Many of us feel secure in our neighborhoods and think, “It won’t happen to me.  I live on a nice street and my neighbors are great.”  But rather than just assuming that it won’t happen, why not do whatever you can to prevent a burglary?  Hopefully the following suggestions and information will enlighten you as to how thieves view the world and prevent your home from being the target of a burglary.

**Don’t leave your garage door open.  This advertises your belongings to anyone passing by.  A thief may have quick access at the time the door is open, but also now has an inventory of things to take later when you are not home.

**Don’t position your television, computer, or game console within view of an open window.

**If you need to discard boxes or packaging from expensive gifts or purchases, please don’t leave them sticking out of your garbage can.  It advertises to others the nice, new things you may have inside your home.  Cut the boxes into pieces that will fit inside of your garbage cans and spread the pieces out over several weeks if necessary.

**Keep an eye out for potential burglars in your neighborhood.  Here are a couple of the common tactics used in our community.

1)      The burglars knock on front doors in an area.  If no one answers, they enter the rear yard and break into the house.  They may also knock on the doors of adjacent homes to make sure there are no witnesses to them entering the house they chose.

2)      Burglars sometimes conduct door to door solicitations to obtain information on which homes to burglarize.  These are the common scams:

a]      The burglar (or someone working for the burglar) knocks on your door and attempts to sell you a product.  They give you a long story about how they are raising money for school or for some type of educational trip.  Most times the solicitors only have the display product with them.  If you want to buy the product, they offer to return at a later time (specified by them).  Many residents do not recognize this tactic and tell the solicitor that they will not be home at the time specified.  Guess what time the thief will come back to burglarize your home?

*Although schools do have fundraisers, they discourage door to door sales.

*Anyone selling a product within La Mirada, Norwalk or Whittier must have a solicitors’ license.  Ask to see it!

b]      Burglars pose as employees of an alarm company.  They knock on your door and say they need to check your alarm system.  If you have displayed an alarm sign or decal, guess what company they say they work for?  These thieves are trying to find out if  you have an alarm so they can burglarize your home later.  A real alarm company will only respond to your request for service.  They do not drive around and merely check peoples’ alarms.

If you plan to be away from your home for a vacation, you can always contact the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station and request a “Vacation Patrol Check” of your home.  Let us know what dates you will be gone, a contact number, and if anyone has your permission to be at the house (to water the plants, feed the animals, etc.).  Once logged, your home will be periodically checked by our Volunteers on Patrol.  The volunteers immediately report any suspicious activity to deputies for further investigation.

LASD - Norwalk Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
12335 Civic Center Dr
Norwalk, CA 90650

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 562-863-8711

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