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Newport Beach Police Department
Tuesday February 13th, 2018 :: 01:57 p.m. PST
Advisory

CRIME ALERT – Residential Burglary RD14

  • 100 BLOCK OF VIA YELLA (18-1107)
Occurred on: 2/11/2018 at 3:00 a.m.
Reported on: 2/11/2018 at 11:26 a.m.
 
The victims called police in the morning when they realized an unknown suspect had entered their home through an unlocked door the night before, while the family slept. 
 
Summary:  One of the victims had fallen asleep on the couch and around 3:00 a.m. heard noises coming from the kitchen but assuming that it was his wife, went back to sleep.  The following morning the victim’s wife asked him about all the noise in the kitchen the night before and about a blanket that had been moved and left in the hallway.  It was at that time that both victims realized that someone had entered their home while they were asleep.  Upon further investigation they discovered muddy footprints in a couple of locations within the home and on the blanket. 
 
Loss:  None.
Suspect information:  None seen or heard.
 
**If you see suspicious activity within your neighborhood at a home where you know your neighbors are on vacation, have gone out for the evening, or their home is for sale, please call the Newport Beach Police Department immediately at 949-644-3717**
 
Please review the Home Security Tips below.  We have also posted a new Home Security Checklist on our website, print it out and conduct a security assessment on your home to see what security measures you can take to “harden the target”.

HOME SECURITY CHECKLIST
 
Home Security Tips
  • Always lock your windows and doors when you go out, even if for only a few minutes.
  • If you return home and find your pedestrian door that leads into your home locked, and you are certain that you left it unlocked, DO NOT GO INSIDE! 
  • Call 9-1-1 ~ Burglars often lock this door to slow down a victim, allowing the burglar extra time to get out of the home before the resident enters.
  • If your home is equipped with an alarm, always activate it even if you’re only going out for a short walk.
    • Consider adding a motion sensor in your master bedroom/bathroom, which will activate the alarm if someone comes in through a glass window or door without opening it.
  • Always keep your front and rear porch lights on from dusk to dawn and use motion detector lighting along the sides of your home or areas with little foot traffic.
  • Use timers on indoor lamps to give the appearance that you are home.
  • Adjust window coverings for optimal privacy while maintaining good visibility outside.
  • If your garage door has a remote shutoff button on the wall-mounted control, located in the garage, consider locking the door nightly. This will prevent your garage door from being opened remotely.
  • If you have a safe, make sure that it is properly bolted to concrete so that it cannot be easily removed.
  • Always close and lock your safe and never leave a key or combination out or in an easy to find location (i.e. office, nightstand, etc).
  • When you leave on vacation, remember to call the Police Department for a “Vacation Check” 949-644-3681 or sign-up online at www.nbpd.org. Also, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your newspaper and mail while you are away.
Report all suspicious activity by calling the Newport Beach Police Department at 949-644-3717.
 
 

 

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Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Via Yella
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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